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Cade _ MacAskill_Pinocchio_Landscape_Photo by Christa Holka, post-production by Anna Ferna

The Making Of Pinocchio - Live 

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

Set in a fictional film studio, 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 ‘funny, clever and thoughtful two-hander, rich in playful imagery’ (The Guardian) 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 and Jo Hellier, the show constantly shifts between fantasy and authenticity, humour and intimacy, on stage and on screen. 

This “ravishingly beautiful’ (The Arts Desk) show is for anyone seeking to explore the sheer joy and limitless potential of queer imagination. Audiences called it ‘unmissable’, ‘breath-taking’, ‘phenomenal’, ‘showstopping’ and ‘the queer love story of the year’.

The Making of Pinocchio premiered at Kampnagel, Hamburg followed by a UK premiere at Battersea Arts Centre as part of LIFT festival where is was nominated for an OffWestend Award.


Check out our DATES PAGE for more info about upcoming touring. 

**** The Stage

“More than anything, The Making of Pinocchio testifies to an evolving, continually transforming love between partners, a love for making things and oneself.” 

**** Everything Theatre

“The Making of Pinocchio is a wonderfully playful, complex, bold, brave and very moving story describing transformation and potential... This autobiographical journey is framed within a fabulously theatrical and comic version of the Pinocchio story. Cade and MacAskill examine questions arising as they explore a space of multiple possibilities”

*****The Crumb

“On multiple occasions I thought to myself ‘God, that’s clever’, as they invented before my eyes some new theatrical trick”


Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Viernulvier with support from Attenborough Centre of the Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT.
Produced by Artsadmin.
Funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and Rudolf 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 by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill
Performed by Rosana Cade, Ivor MacAskill, Jo Hellier & Tim Spooner
Set, Prop & Costume Designer: Tim Spooner
Sound Designer: Yas Clarke

Cameras: Jo Hellier
Lighting Designer: Jo Palmer

Cinematographer: Kirstin McMahon and Jo Hellier
Original Producer: Mary Osborn for Artsadmin

Ongoing Producer: Nora Laraki for Artsadmin

Production Manager: Sorcha Stott-Strzala

Outside Eye: Nic Green

Movement advisor: Eleanor Perry
Captioning: Collective Text; Emilia Beatriz, Daniel Hughes with Rosana Cade, Yas Clarke, Ivor MacAskill, and Jamie Rea

Main Image: Photo Christa Holka; Post-production Anna Fernandez

If you are interested in booking The Making of Pinocchio please contact our producer, Nora Laraki -

The Making Of Pinocchio premiered as a Digital Production at Take Me Somewhere Festival 2021 and is available for screenings. Click on the image below to find out more. 

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