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The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition

Cade & MacAskill

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

Welcome to The Making of Pinocchio! – an up-close behind the scenes look at the quest to make Pinocchio the perfectly imperfect trans masc narrative of our times.

In a forest of real wood and fake wood, and real fake wood, and fake real wood, join the cast, crew and creators as they construct Pinocchio over and over again, shaking the boundaries between possible and impossible, reality and fantasy. Turning wood into flesh, boys into donkeys, and making that nose grow… the tricks of the trade will be revealed before your very eyes.

Artists and lovers Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill have been making The Making of Pinocchio since 2018, alongside and in response to Ivor’s gender transition. Glimpsed through a fictionalised making process, the artists’ real autobiographical experience meets the magical story of the little lying puppet who wants to be a real boy.

For this digital edition, enter a world of wildly queer utopic imaginings, conjured in a click-and-lock landscape where everything can change and everything can connect.

The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition was designed as a special one-off digital performance, filmed in one take at Tramway (Glasgow) and first streamed online at Take Me Somewhere Festival (May 2021). The Making of Pinocchio tours as a live performance from May 2022. Find out more about the live performance

‘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.

A Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Vooruit Co-Commission.
Produced by Artsadmin.
Funded by Creative Scotland, Rufolf Augstein Stiftung and Arts Council England.
Supported by 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, Glasgow Zine Library.

Created and performed by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill
Set, Prop & Costume Designer: Tim Spooner
Sound Designer: Yas Clarke
Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Jo Palmer
Producer: Mary Osborn for Artsadmin

Outside Eye: Nic Green
Creative Coach: Stacy Makishi
Video consultancy: Mamoru Iriguchi
Digital Edition:
Cinematographer: Kirstin McMahon
Camera operator: Alex Storey Gordon
Technician: Samuel Martin-Randerson & Sam Burnley
Assistant Stage Manager: Goose Masondo
Audio description: Juliana Capes
Captioning: Collective Text; Emilia Beatriz, Daniel Hughes with Rosana Cade, Yas Clarke, Ivor MacAskill, and Jamie Rea


Date Location More info
The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition
23 May 2022
Vierte Welt, Berlin, Germany Details and tickets
The Making of Pinocchio
29 June – 2 July 2022
Various times
Battersea Arts Centre, as part of LIFT 2022, London, UK Details and tickets
The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition
29 June – 2 July 2022
Battersea Arts Centre, London, Online Details and tickets

Date Title Venue City
12–14 May 2022 The Making of Pinocchio Kampnagel Hamburg
12–14 May 2022 The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition Kampnagel
28 April 2022 The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition Live Collision International Festival Dublin
4 March 2022 The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition Warehouse9 Copenhagen
21 May 2021 The Making of Pinocchio Take Me Somewhere
Cade & MacAskill look up at a tall structure that is similar to a tree
Photo by Niall Walker