Cade & MacAskill (Glasgow)

Digital Edition: The Making of Pinocchio

Tuesday 11 October 2022Sunday 16 October 2022

Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Vooruit with support from Attenborough Centre of the Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT. Produced by Artsadmin.
Not included in our tiered discount offer.

90 mins £9/£7

There is no strobes, flashing lights or haze
There is a short section with loud music
There are no moments of complete blackness
Contains nudity
The show briefly talks about transphobia, and sometimes explores the exploitation and misrepresentation of trans people’s lives and bodies. Fuller information is available further down the page.

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Two people sit in directors chairs against a wooden backdrop. They are being filmed by a person holding a camera made from wood.

Watch at home – the Digital Edition of The Making of Pinocchio

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

In this hybrid of theatre and film, shot and edited all in one take, 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 digital edition of the work, 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, the show employs split-screen, forced perspective and intimate close ups to constantly shift between between fantasy and authenticity, humour and intimacy, on stage and on screen. The Making of Pinocchio joyfully embraces the importance of imagination in queer worldmaking and the idea of transness as a state of possibility that can trouble fixed perspectives and inspire change


How to Watch

  • Book a ticket
  • You will receive an email on Tuesday 11th containing an online video link and unique password
  • You will be able to watch stream the performance from 11 October until midnight on Sunday 16 October.
*PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TICKET DISCOUNT SCHEME.*Please note that our ticket purchasing is administered by Midlands Arts Centre. If you are an existing customer of Midlands Arts Centre, please use your account login details to purchase Fierce Festival tickets on this website.



‘The duo holds 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, 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’, which was supported though residencies at Gessnerallee in Zurich and Mousonturm in Frankfurt, as well as The Diane Torr Award bursary. 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. 

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+ second-hand shop / community space in Glasgow.


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

Fierce Says

You may well remember Cade & MacAskill from their performance as Double Pussy Clit F*ck at Fierce Festival 2017, or for their hit show Moot Moot that we presented in 2018. This is their richest work to date, set behind the scenes of a movie: Pinocchio. Seriously, don't miss the latest hit Fierce commission. It's brilliant!


Tuesday 11 October 2022Sunday 16 October 2022