Top Edinburgh award for Scarborough writer Chris

Playwright Chris York returns to Scarborough and the Stephen Joseph Theatre for his new work
Playwright Chris York returns to Scarborough and the Stephen Joseph Theatre for his new work

The one-woman show about a young mum by Scarborough playwright Chris York has won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe which could see it heading to Australia next year.

Build a Rocket has received the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, which gives winning shows the chance to take part in the Adelaide Fringe festival in February to March each year.

Hard-hitting yet uplifting, Build a Rocket, starring Serena Manteghi, was seen at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh throughout this month.

It’s directed by Paul Robinson, who said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Build a Rocket has been recognised with this international award and has the opportunity to headline at the Holden Street Theatres during the brilliant Adelaide Fringe.”

It returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre from Friday August 31 to Saturday September 8.

It tells the story of teenage single mum Yasmin.

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. Build a Rocket is his first full-length play.

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. Last year she was LV in the the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

To book tickets for Build a Rocket visit or call the box office on 01723 370541.