by Christopher York

 

Winner of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Weekly Award and The Sunday Mail's Best Female Solo Show 2019, Build a Rocket is a powerful and uplifting one-woman show about triumph over adversity.

 

Yasmin is a bright 16-year-old from a small seaside town. In an instant, her life is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack. Suddenly her Scarborough isn't sandcastles, arcades, and donkey rides. Abandoned by both the father of her child and her alcoholic mother, Yasmin faces one of life's great challenges completely alone - it's just Yasmin and Jack against the world. But can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her?

 

Build a Rocket embarks on a UK tour in September - October 2019.

 

 

 

 

Cast & Crew

 

Yasmin Serena Manteghi

 

Director Paul Robinson

Designer Helen Coyston

Lighting Designer Ben Cowens

Composer & Sound Designer Simon Slater

 

A co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre

 

#BuildARocket

 

 

 

Tour Dates

 

13 – 14 September
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
www.sjt.uk.com
 
16 – 17 September
Oxford Playhouse
www.oxfordplayhouse.com

18 September                        
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
www.squarechapel.co.uk

19 September
Interplay Theatre, Leeds
www.interplaytheatre.co.uk 

21 September
York Theatre Royal
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

24 September
EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
www.emftheatre.com

25 September
Oldham Library
www.oldham.gov.uk

26 September
Pocklington Arts Centre
www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

28 September
Selby Town Hall
www.selbytownhall.co.uk

30 September
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
www.queenshall.co.uk

2– 5 October
Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
www.live.org.uk

7 – 9 October
Theatr Clwyd, Mold
www.theatrclwyd.com

10 – 12 October
Streatham Space, London
www.streathamspaceproject.co.uk

14 October

The Undercroft, Peterborough

www.easternangles.co.uk

 

15 October
The Quarry Theatre, Bedford
www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

16– 17 October                   
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
www.traverse.co.uk

18 – 19 October
Theatre Deli, Sheffield
www.theatredeli.co.uk 

24 October
Folkestone Quarterhouse
www.creativefolkestone.org.uk

26 October
Hunmanby Arts Centre
https://sites.google.com/site/hunmanbycommunitycentre/

 

Reviews

 

★★★★

"a breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance”

The Telegraph

 

★★★★

“a powerful one-woman show and a tour-de-force from Serena Manteghi whose performance blazes off the stage”

Yorkshire Post

 

★★★★

“delivered with pedal-to-the-metal conviction”

The Scotsman

 

★★★★

“told with ferocious energy and raw emotion...Manteghi is an absolute powerhouse”

InDaily

 

10/10

“Manteghi brings a bold, courageous energy to this role, displaying an astonishing range of emotions and characters”

The Adelaide Show Podcast

 

★★★★1/2

“Manteghi delivers what will surely be one of the best performances to be witnessed this Fringe”

Kryztoff RAW

 

★★★★

“a formidable, committed and infectious one-woman performance”

Fest Mag

 

“a high-voltage performance”
The Guardian


“Christopher York’s mile-a-minute one-woman play"
Financial Times


“compelling performance”
The Reviews Hub


“powerfully poetic, angry, energised, enthused, fresh, vibrant, lustful, lascivious and lustrous”
The Scarborough News

 

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