Build A Rocket

The McCarthyApprox 1hr 15mins with no intervalTheatre

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

Credits:

By Christopher York
Directed by Paul Robinson
Designer: Helen Coyston
Ben Cowens: Lighting Designer
Composer & Sound Designer: Simon Slater
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes
Based on an original commission from HighTide’s First Commissions scheme

Key Cast:

Serena Manteghi

Price: From £10

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24 July - 8 September 2018
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"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 from our Script Development Fund Donors. This play was first presented at the SJT as part of our playreading programme last year and is written by Scarborough-born writer and actor, Christopher York.

Age guidance: 14+
Contains strong language and adult themes


Relaxed performance: Friday 7 September, 5.30pm
Designed for anyone who would benefit from a less formal, more supportive atmosphere. This might include people on the autism spectrum, those with sensory or communication disorders, those with learning disabilities or families with under 1s.


Creche available!

On Friday 7 September, we will have a free crèche on the premises between 5pm and 7pm, run by qualified staff, to allow parents of children aged 0 to 12 years to attend the 5.30pm performance of Build A Rocket.

Places on the crèche will be included in the ticket price, and light snacks will be available for the children, provided by Mojo's Music Café. Places will be first-come, first-served, and tickets must be booked in advance on the phone or in person at the box office (not online); the booker must state at time of booking how many places are required, and the ages of the children.

Please allow time when arriving to fill in a form with the relevant details we will need for your child, and to settle them in. The 5.30pm show will finish at approximately 6.45pm, so you can get them home by bedtime.


★★★★
“a breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance”
The Telegraph

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

★★★★
“A proper tour de force from a leading actor”
Fest Magazine

★★★★
“a commanding performance”
Edinburgh Guide

★★★★
“a stunning performance”
The Wee Review

★★★★
“tour-de-force performance”
Daily Business Magazine

“Christopher York’s mile-a-minute one-woman play Build a Rocket was relayed with dexterity by Serena Manteghi"
Financial Times
 
“a one-woman play written by a Scarborough-born playwright about a young woman living in Scarborough. [Christopher] York has written what sounds like a seriously incisive piece of work that is as homegrown as it could possibly be.”
Yorkshire Evening Post


Audience reactions:

"A superbly written, incredibly well acted play. Yes, there was a lot of bad language - but it was in context and shouldn't cause offence! A brilliant launch for this talented writer."

"The performance of the actress was very powerful and thought provoking. She kept the audiences attention throughout and never faulted. The content was pertinent and being set in the town made it feel more real."

"Well written, quick paced, very enthusiastic"

"A well written, current, familiar and realistic portrayal of a small coastal town teenager who hasn’t had the best start in life. Perfectly paced, extremely well acted."

"Cliche bustin’, powerful, moving, brilliant theatre. I goosebumped my way through the whole hour."

"a thunderstorm of beautiful, visceral, physical storytelling." 

"a full on rocket of a show that doesn't stop for breath."

dates

Tuesday 24 July 2018, 7.45pm

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 7.45pm

Friday 31 August 2018, 7.45pm

Saturday 1 September 2018, 5.30pm

Saturday 1 September 2018, 7.45pm

Tuesday 4 September 2018, 7.45pm

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 7.45pm

Thursday 6 September 2018, 7.15pm

Friday 7 September 2018, 5.30pm

Friday 7 September 2018, 7.45pm

Saturday 8 September 2018, 5.30pm

Saturday 8 September 2018, 7.45pm

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough