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The Making of Pinocchio

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.

Enter a world of wildly queer utopic imaginings, conjured in a click and lock landscape where everything can change and everything can connect.

Created and performed by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill

Set, Prop & Costume Designer: Tim Spooner
Sound Designer: Yas Clarke

Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Jo Palmer

Outside Eye: Nic Green
Creative Coach: Stacy Makishi

Video consultancy: Mamoru Iriguchi

A Fierce, Kampnagel, Tramway & Vooruit Co-Commission. Produced by Artsadmin. Funded by Creative Scotland and Rufolf Augstein Stiftung with support from Scottish Sculpture Workshop, National Theatre of Scotland, Live Art Development Agency, Gessnerellee, Mousonturm, LGBT Health & Wellbeing Scotland and Glasgow Zine Library.


Date Location More info
Guest Artist Support Sessions: Rosana Cade
18 March – 27 April 2021
Various times
Online Details and tickets
The Making of Pinocchio
21 May 2021
Various times
Take Me Somewhere, Online Details and tickets
Cade & MacAskill look up at a tall structure that is similar to a tree
Photo by Niall Walker