Build A Rocket

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An explosive and passionate portrait of a young heroine of our times.

Credits:

Presented by Stephen Joseph Theatre & Tara Finney Productions
By Christopher York
Director: Paul Robinson
Designer: Helen Coyston
Lighting Designer: Ben Cowens
Composer & Sound Designer: Simon Slater

Key Cast:

Yasmin: Serena Manteghi

Price: From £10

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13 September - 14 September 2019
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Winner of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2019 and The Sunday Mail’s Best Female Solo Show, Build a Rocket is a powerful and uplifting play about triumph over adversity.

Yasmin is a bright 16-year-old from a small seaside town. In an instant, her world is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack. Suddenly her life 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 - but can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her?

"A breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance” (★★★★ The Telegraph), this play challenges our perceptions about young motherhood in this brilliant, funny, and heart-warming production.

★★★★1/2
“Manteghi delivers what will surely be one of the best performances to be witnessed this Fringe”
Kryztoff RAW

★★★★
“Delivered with pedal-to-the-metal conviction”
The Scotsman

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

Build A Rocket was made possible thanks to the support from SJT Script Development Fund donors. The play was first presented at the SJT as part of our playreading programme in 2017 and went on to be performed at the SJT, Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Caledonian Express festival at the Pleasance Theatre, London in 2018 and at the Adelaide Fringe in Spring 2019.


★★★★
"an exceptional performer, a storm of emotions, and a lot of laughter"
Theatre BOX

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

★★★★★ 
"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

★★★★1/2  
“Serena Manteghi is captivating as Yasmin”
Sam About Town

★★★★ Fest Magazine

★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ The Wee Review

★★★★ Daily Business Magazine

★★★★ The Theatre Twittic

★★★★★ The Adelaide Show

★★★★ ½ Sam About Town

★★★★ GLAM Adelaide

10/10
“Manteghi brings a bold, courageous energy to this role, displaying an astonishing range of emotions and characters”
The Adelaide Show Podcast

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

"It’s powerful and touching and shouldn’t be missed."
Theatre Travels

"Build a Rocket is life-affirming theatre... with a lead character and performance that enthralls"
The Adelaide Review

"A triumphant, uplifting and endlessly energetic tale"
The Advertiser


Build A Rocket is going on tour around the UK (full dates & details here) and will also tour to schools, generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation.

Age guidance: 14+
Contains some strong language and/or adult themes

dates

Friday 13 September 2019, 7.45pm

Saturday 14 September 2019, 2.45pm

Saturday 14 September 2019, 7.45pm

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