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by Christopher York, starring Serena Manteghi, directed by Paul Robinson


This isn't the story of Icarus and Daedalus.
It's Yasmin and Jack.
And we won't fly too close to the sun.
We'll fly through the f***er."

Yasmin is young and feisty and lives on the edge. A young mum, her Scarborough isn’t sandcastles, arcades and donkey rides. She’s been dealt a rough hand and has to decide whether to give in or get smart.

But can the thing which threatens to ruin her life be the one thing which saves her? Can she still be the architect of her own destiny?

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

Build A Rocket has been made possible thanks to the support of the SJT's Script Development Fund Donors. It was first presented at the SJT as part of their play-reading programme last year.


Richard Griffin spoke to writer Christopher York:


And actor Serena Manteghi:


build a rocket 2 SJT


Hard-hitting yet uplifting, Build a Rocket, by Scarborough-born writer Christopher York, at the SJT from Friday 31 August to Saturday 8 September is a one-woman show directed by the SJT’s Artistic Director Paul Robinson, it tells the story of Yasmin, played by Serena Manteghi, who audiences will remember as LV in last year’s hit production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Paul Robinson said:

“I couldn’t be more excited about this play, a stunning debut about a teenager from Scarborough who gets pregnant and decides to keep her baby. It doesn’t flinch from the issues. Scarborough is the teenage pregnancy capital of North Yorkshire, accounting for more than a third of all such pregnancies in the county last year. There’s a proven relationship between teenage pregnancy and deprivation. But a record number of young women in this town are stepping up to take on the role of parent. Young people should never face stigma or judgment and deserve to get the support they need to make informed choices about their lives.

But this isn’t a play that deals in statistics or overt politics. Instead, it’s like a rocket itself, an explosive and passionate portrait of a young heroine of our times.”

Christopher York was born and brought up in Scarborough. His short plays Jimbob, Seven People, A Million Little Hands and Jesus is a Rochdale Girl have been performed at venues such as The Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and The Arts Theatre.

He is a recipient of the High Tide First Commissions Award as well as being shortlisted for the Old Vic 12.

Serena Manteghi played Rosie in My Mother Said I Never Should at St James Theatre, and was Bobbie in the Olivier-Award-winning York Theatre Royal production of The Railway Children at King’s Cross Theatre.


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