Scarborough playwright gives theatre Edinburgh debut

Build a Rocket will get a Scarborough premiere before heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Build a Rocket will get a Scarborough premiere before heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A new show written by a Scarborough playwright marks the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut.

Build a Rocket – about teenage pregnancy in Scarborough – is by Christopher York.

It will be seen at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh throughout next month before returning to Scarborough for a 10-show run at the Stephen Joseph from Friday August 31 to Saturday September 8.

A one-woman show directed by the Stephen Joseph’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.

It will have a single performance at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk tomorrow before returning to Scarborough for two previews at 7.45pm on Tuesday July 24 and Wednesday July 25, which will be ‘pay what you decide’ shows, – another first for the Stephen Joseph.

Robinson said: “I couldn’t be more excited about this play, it’s a stunning debut.”

Tickets: 01723 370541