Cade & MacAskill are Rosana Cade (they/them) and Ivor MacAskill (he/him): renowned queer artists and facilitators based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work 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.
In their performances Cade & MacAskill create strange, rich aesthetic worlds on stage, with unique sonic elements embedded into their work due to ongoing collaboration with sound artist and designer Yas Clarke.
In 2017 they were commissioned by Fierce - Birmingham, The Marlborough - Brighton, and The Yard - London, to create Moot Moot which premiered early 2018. This was then selected as part of the British Council Showcase and the Made in Scotland Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, where it enjoyed a sell out run at Summerhall, and they began to tour this show across Europe before the pandemic hit.
Since 2018 they have been working on ‘The Making of Pinocchio’, in collaboration with Tim Spooner and Yas Clarke, co-commissioned by Fierce, Tramway - Glasgow, Kampnagel - Hamburg, and Vier Nul Vier - Gent, and supported though residencies at Gessnerallee in Zurich and Mousonturm in Frankfurt, as well as The Diane Torr Award bursary. This premiered as a digital version at Take Me Somewhere festival in May 2021, and as a live work at Kampnagel in May 2022. This project is produced by Arts Admin and has been funded by Creative Scotland and Arts Council England.
They also regularly perform across club, music and performance contexts as their experimental concept band ‘Double Pussy Clit Fuck’. Footage from these gigs has inspired the creation of two new video works during the Covid Pandemic: ‘Taps Aff’, and ‘Presenting Our Selves’. The latter was commissioned by The Place - London for Splayed festival 2020, and selected as part of Scottish Queer International Film festival 2021.
In 2019 they were commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne and St Martins Youth, to make a new work with a group of young trans and non-binary people exploring their relationship to public space, called Escape Velocity:Walks the City, in collaboration with Laurie Brown.
They are both experienced facilitators and guest lecturers. They have led two Live Art Development Agency DIY workshops together for other artists.
They are currently in the process of starting new LGBTQIA+ second hand shop / community space in Glasgow, to support trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people to thrive.
Outside of Cade & MacAskill, Rosana Cade is well known for their intimate one-on-one performance works, particularly Walking:Holding, which has toured to over 40 different locations in the past 10 years, collaborating with local participants in each place. They created a feature length film about the project in 2018 funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. They are also the co-founder of radical performance collective BUZZCUT (Glasgow). Find out more about Rosana at www.rosanacade.co.uk
Ivor MacAskill has been creating unique performances for both adults and children for over 20 years. His humorous works are both experimental and entertaining while making the familiar strange. He is one half of The Polar Bears who have toured internationally with their performances for young children, and he is respected as an expert in creating challenging work for children, particularly around gender and sexuality. As well as a maker and performer, he is often a director, dramaturg, mentor, and panelist.
Photos by Theo Seddon