Cade and MacAskill: The Making of Pinocchio

Cade and MacAskill: The Making of Pinocchio
Date 28th Oct 2022 7.30pm - 9.00pm Price £10/£7 (tickets subject to transaction fees: £1.50 online, £1.75 by phone)* Location Tramway 0845 330 3501 0845 330 3501 Presented as part of a wider evening also featuring In Muva We Trust. Buy discounted double bill tickets for both for £11/£8 using the links in the listing.
"★★★★ 'A funny, clever and thoughtful two-hander'" -The Guardian
"★★★★ 'full of reflection and self-revelation, powerful visual imagery and movement.’ " -The Scotsman

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

The Making of Pinocchio will be presented as part of a wider evening featuring colossal projected artwork In Muva We Trust by Club Ate (9.30pm). Between shows, audiences can join a drinks reception, and encounter a specially commissioned lighting design by Dav Bernard that will transform and illuminate the foyer and bar area, accompanied by music from DJ and multidisciplinary artist TALK2FRAN.K. 

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Set in a fictional film studio, you are invited to go behind the scenes of Cade and 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’. 

Recommended for ages 16+
(contains sexual references)

Subtitles and Integrated Captions are onscreen throughout in every performance

The performance is 90 minutes long
There is no interval

Subtitles and Integrated Captions are onscreen throughout in every performance.  Captions include descriptions of the sound and music.

There are no strobes, flashing lights or haze

There is a short section with loud music

There are no moments of complete darkness

Contains nudity

The show briefly talks about transphobia, and sometimes explores the exploitation and misrepresentation of trans people’s lives and bodies.

Relaxed performance: this means you can move or make noise if you need to and can go in and out of the performance space.

Early entry will be permitted for audience members with access needs.

Latecomers will be permitted.

There is a quiet space on the 1st floor, in Tramway’s Upper Foyer, that is available throughout the event. It opens 30 minutes prior to the performance and is available throughout the evening.  Ear defenders are available for anyone who might find these useful.

If you find that you have an overwhelming emotional response, be it positive or negative, and would like to check in with somebody, there will be a trained wellbeing practitioner available during and after performances. Please ask a member of our team and they will take you to them.


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 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 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
Producer: 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


Photo by Tiu Makkonen