Following international acclaim and an award-winning run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, a powerful and uplifting one-woman show about a young mother from Scarborough is heading for Hexham as part of a UK tour.

Winner of the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Weekly Award 2019 and named The Sunday Mail’s Best Female Solo Show (Adelaide), Build a Rocket will see critically-acclaimed Serena Manteghi reprise her role as 16-year-old Yasmin.

Hard-hitting yet inspiring, the funny and heart-warming production, written by Scarborough-born Christopher York, challenges perceptions of young motherhood.

In an instant, Yasmin’s world is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack.

The play will be performed at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham at 7.30pm on Monday, September 30.

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?

Writer Christopher York comments, Teenage pregnancy is so demonised and we’re quick to blame

teenagers. There was a girl I was at school with who had a child at 15. I was astounded at her

resilience and that she went on to pass her GCSEs, go to college and university, get married and raise

a wonderful human being. She is a phenomenal person. We are still conservative about these topics.

If we were more open and Scandinavian about how we tackled sex and sexual health, especially with

young people, we may not have the statistics we do.

Director Paul Robinson said, I’m delighted that Build a Rocket will be going on a national tour in coproduction with Tara Finney Productions. It’s a key strategic priority for the SJT to be touring bold,


resonant and relevant contemporary work as well as to further champion local emerging artist

Christopher York on a national platform. The tour will allow us to reach a broader spectrum of

audiences geographically as well as engage directly with local schools which is a wonderful prospect.

In addition to touring to theatres and arts centres across the UK, Build a Rocket will be performed at

six schools in North Yorkshire generously supported by the Noel Coward Foundation.