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The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition

Cade & MacAskill

A true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio.

Cade & MacAskill look up at a tall structure that is similar to a tree
Photo by Niall Walker

Watch in-person at the Segal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2024 on 17 May and online through the festival website from 16 May for three weeks.

In this hybrid of theatre and film, shot and edited all in one take, you are invited to go behind the scenes of Cade & MacAskill’s creative process and their relationship, and question what it takes to tell your truth.

Artists and lovers Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill have been creating The Making of Pinocchio since 2018, alongside and in response to Ivor’s gender transition. In this digital edition of the work, their tender and complex autobiographical experience meets the magical story of the lying puppet who wants to be a ‘real boy’.

With an ingenious scenography designed by Tim Spooner, layered with sound by Yas Clarke, lights by Jo Palmer and cinematography from Kirstin McMahon, the show employs split-screen, forced perspective and intimate close ups to constantly shift between between fantasy and authenticity, humour and intimacy, on stage and on screen.

The Making of Pinocchio joyfully embraces the importance of imagination in queer worldmaking and the idea of transness as a state of possibility that can trouble fixed perspectives and inspire change.

‘★★★★’ ‘The wondrous trans tale of Pinocchio… A funny, clever and thoughtful two-hander, rich in playful imagery and direct-to-camera asides, about identity, definition and acceptance… The satire is gentle, but the politics are clear. The Guardian

‘★★★★’ ‘The Making of Pinocchio is clever and absorbing, full of reflection and self-revelation, powerful visual imagery and movement.’ The Scotsman

‘It was so beautiful, and such deft balancing of things for trans audiences and things for cis ones. Also, I never cry with joy at things but I did at the ending of it, and i’m crying now thinking about it… it was just so beautiful… a very joyful watch… and such deft balancing of things for trans audiences and things for cis ones… it’s so rare.’ Audience response

‘The duo hold the audience with a brand of mischievous humour that’s provocative and reassuring in equal measure.’ Exeunt

Cade & MacAskill are Rosana Cade (they/them) and Ivor MacAskill (he/him): renowned queer artists and facilitators based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work, together and individually, straddles the worlds of experimental contemporary theatre, live art, queer cabaret, film, children’s performance, site specific, and socially engaged practices. 

Their collaboration is born from a shared love of subversive humour, experimentation with persona and text, playful theatricality, and the joy they find in improvising together. They also share a passion for LGBTQIA+ rights and culture. They create strange, full aesthetic worlds on stage, with unique sonic elements embedded into their work due to ongoing collaboration with sound artist and designer Yas Clarke.

They are both experienced facilitators and trained volunteers with LGBT Youth (Glasgow). They are currently in the process of setting up a co-operative to open a new LGBTQIA+ secondhand shop / community space in Glasgow.

Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Viernulvier with support from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Battersea Arts Centre, LIFT and Take Me Somewhere.

Produced by Artsadmin.

Funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung with development support from The Work Room/Diane Torr Bursary, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, National Theatre of Scotland, Live Art Development Agency, Gessnerallee, Mousonturm, Forest Fringe, West Kowloon Cultural District & LGBT Health & Wellbeing Scotland.

Created by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill

Performed by Rosana Cade, Ivor MacAskill, Jo Hellier & Moa Johansson, Tim Spooner & Ray Gammon

Set, Prop & Costume Designer: Tim Spooner

Sound Designer: Yas Clarke

Sound/AV Technician and show operator: Riwa Saab

Cameras: Jo Hellier & Moa Johansson

Lighting Designer: Jo Palmer

Relighter: Meghan Hodgson, Marty Langthorne

Cinematographer: Kirstin McMahon & Jo Hellier

Produced by Dr. Nora Laraki & Nene Camara for Artsadmin

Creation produced by Mary Osborn for Artsadmin

Production Manager: Sorcha Stott-Strzala

Assistant Stage Manager: Ray Gammon

Outside Eye: Nic Green

Movement advisor: Eleanor Perry

Captioning: Collective Text, Rosana Cade, Ivor MacAskill & Jamie Rea

Caption Design: Yas Clarke & Daniel Hughes

  • Captioned for sound and text
  • Audio described version available
  • This show briefly talks about transphobia and sometimes explores cis people’s perspective of trans people’s lives and bodies. Please consider your audience and what space and care they may need at live screenings.

Date and time

17 May 2024

Please note
This is now a past event.


The Segal Theatre Center, New York
United States of America