Cade & MacAskill (Glasgow)

The Making of Pinocchio

Wednesday 12 October 2022Thursday 13 October 2022

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Vooruit with support from Attenborough Centre of the Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT. Produced by Artsadmin.
Included in our tiered discount offer.

90 mins £15/13

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.


Tiu Makkonen

Two performers dressed as puppets with long wooden noses touching.

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’.

Access and content information to help you decide if The Making of Pinocchio is for you.


Access Information

Both shows are captioned. On Wednesday 12, the show will be audio described with a touch-tour available.

To access the Audio Description please visit the Welcome Desk at MAC where you will be able to sign out the receiver and headphones and the staff will show you how to use them.

Download the introduction to the Audio Description here

To book in for a touch tour, please email



A Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Vooruit Co-Commission. With support from Attenborough Centre of the Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT.
Produced by Artsadmin.
Funded by Creative Scotland, Rufolf Augstein Stiftung and Arts Council England.
Supported by 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, Glasgow Zine Library.



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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!


Wednesday 12 October 2022


Midlands Arts Centre, Theatre

Thursday 13 October 2022


Midlands Arts Centre, Theatre