Fringe Review: Build a Rocket

Serena Manteghi is a talented actress and Christopher York has written a great script and this production, which won the 2018 Edingburgh Fringe Award, has a strong message

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A motherhood tale with a twist
Overall
4

Reviewed at Holden Street Theatres on 13 February 2019

Presented by Stephen Joseph Theatre and Tara Finney Productions

Serena Manteghi is a talented actress and Christopher York has written a great script and this production, which won the 2018 Edingburgh Fringe Award, has a strong message, but it lost me in a few places. The pace is furious and the commitment of the performer complete in telling this motherhood tale with a twist.

From the panic of a newly pregnant underage teenager through the trials of childbirth to the eventual loss of a child who gains independence, the roller coaster journey has it all. Just occasionally this teenager/mother becomes a little annoying and loses the connection (with me at least). The script is thought provoking and challenges perceptions opening up some interesting ideas.

Directed by Paul Robinson on a minimal set designed by Helen Coyston, this play has a lot going for it and it is certainly energising and often compelling. The character’s defiance and determination will certainly hook many audience members in and it is well worth a look!

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  Holden Street Theatres – The Studio
Season:  12 Feb – 17 Mar 2019
Duration:  65min
Tickets:  $18 -$28

 

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