by Christopher York


Winner of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, 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 ran at Holden Street Theatres' as part of the Adelaide Fringe from 12 Feb - 18 Mar 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 Holden Street Theatres' and Stephen Joseph Theatre









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




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

The Adelaide Show Podcast



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

Kryztoff RAW



“Serena Manteghi is captivating as Yasmin”

Sam About Town



"a superbly emotional rollercoaster"

The Clothesline



“her transformations are striking"

The Barefoot Review



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

Fest Mag


★★★★ 3/4  

“Heart-warming, electric, and funny to boot”

This is Radelaide


“a triumphant, uplifting and endlessly energetic tale”

The Advertiser


“Manteghi gives a solo, rocket-fuelled performance as Yasmin”

The Australian