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

There are two people facing the camera in a rich red backdrop with fake trees made of wood. On the right, the person, Ivor, is lying down, leaning on his elbow. He wearing pointed red hat, a large collar and a top printed with a fake wood pattern. There is a small person on the left, Rosana, and they are wearing a cap, top and trousers printed with a fake wood pattern, with wooden clogs. They are carrying a wooden video camera, pointed at Ivor.
Photo by Christa Holka, post-production by Anna Fernandez

Join two artists on a fantastical journey through a real-life story as they make a new trans version of Pinocchio. 

Set in a film studio crafted from real wood, and fake wood, and real fake wood, 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 theatrical and cinematic spectacular, their tender and complex autobiographical experience meets the magical story of the little lying puppet who wants to be a ‘real boy’.

With a rich scenography designed by Tim Spooner, layered with sound by Yas Clarke, lights by Jo Palmer and cinematography from Kirstin McMahon, the show constantly shifts between fantasy and authenticity, the playful and the political, 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.’


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+ second hand shop / community space in Glasgow.

Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Vooruit with support from Attenborough Centre of the Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT.
Produced by Artsadmin.
Funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and Rufolf Augstein Stiftung with development support from The Work Room/Dianne Torr Bursary, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, National Theatre of Scotland, Live Art Development Agency, Gessnerellee, Mousonturm, Forest Fringe, West Kowloon Cultural District & LGBT Health & Wellbeing Scotland.

Created and performed by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill
Set, Prop & Costume Designer: Tim Spooner
Sound Designer: Yas Clarke
Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Jo Palmer
Cinematographer: Kirstin McMahon
Producer: Mary Osborn for Artsadmin
Technical Stage Manager: Sorcha Stott-strzala
Outside Eye: Nic Green
Captioning: Collective Text; Emilia Beatriz, Daniel Hughes with Rosana Cade, Yas Clarke, Ivor MacAskill, and Jamie Rea

  • The performance is 90 minutes long
  • There is no interval
  • The performance space has step-free access
  • All performances are Relaxed this means you can move or make noise if you need to and can go in and out of the performance space
  • All performances are captioned, including descriptions of the sound and music
  • The performance on July 1st will be audio described by Dot Alma
  • Latecomers will be permitted
  • Ear defenders are available for anyone who might find these useful
  • There is an accessible toilet on every floor of the building
  • There is a chill out space outside the performance space that is available anytime the building is open

Date and time

29 June – 2 July 2022
Various times

Please note
This is now a past event.


Battersea Arts Centre, as part of LIFT 2022
Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
Battersea Arts Centre