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 went 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








Tour Dates


13 – 14 September
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
16 – 17 September
Burton Taylor Studios, Oxford Playhouse

18 September                        
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax 

19 September
Interplay Theatre, Leeds

21 September
York Theatre Royal

24 September
EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge 

25 September
Oldham Library

26 September
Pocklington Arts Centre 

28 September
Selby Town Hall

30 September
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

2– 5 October
Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

7 – 9 October
Theatr Clwyd, Mold

10 – 12 October
Streatham Space, London

14 October

The Undercroft, Peterborough

16– 17 October                   
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

18 – 19 October
Theatre Deli, Sheffield

24 October
Folkestone Quarterhouse

26 October
Hunmanby Arts Centre





"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”




“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



“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