The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition

Rosana Cade and Ivor Macaskill

Streaming on 29 Jun – available for 2 weeks


Pay What You Can (from £3)

Once you have purchased your ticket, you will be able to log in to LIFT’s digital player (either using your login details for our website, or via the link we will send you by email) to watch the performance between 29 June and 10 July. This ticket also gives you access to the audio described version of the digital performance.

The digital performance will be available on the LIFT website from 29 June – 10 July for audiences who have barriers preventing them from attending the live performance. There are two versions of the Digital Performance. An audio described version, and a captioned version. A ticket to either one will give you access to both.

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

Welcome to The Making of Pinocchio -an up-close behind the scenes look at the quest to make Pinocchio the perfectly imperfect trans masc narrative of our times.

In a forest of real wood and fake wood, and real fake wood, and fake real wood, join the cast, crew and creators as they construct Pinocchio over and over again, shaking the boundaries between possible and impossible, reality and fantasy. Turning wood into flesh, boys into donkeys, and making that nose grow… the tricks of the trade will be revealed before your very eyes.

Artists and lovers Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill have been making The Making of Pinocchio since 2018, alongside and in response to Ivor’s gender transition. Glimpsed through a fictionalised making process, the artists’ real autobiographical experience meets the magical story of the little lying puppet who wants to be a real boy.

Enter a world of wildly queer utopic imaginings, conjured in a click and lock landscape where everything can change, and everything can connect. The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition was designed as a special one-off digital performance, filmed in one take at Tramway (Glasgow) and first streamed online at Take Me Somewhere Festival(May2021).


The wondrous trans tale of Pinocchio... A funny, clever and thoughtful two-hander, rich in playful imagery and direct-to-camera asides, about identity, definition and acceptance... The satire is gentle, but the politics are clear.
— The Guardian
The Making of Pinocchio is clever and absorbing, full of reflection and self-revelation, powerful visual imagery and movement.
— The Scotsman


The Making of Pinocchio (Digital Edition) Cade & MacAskill Performed and filmed in Tramway, Glasgow on 21st May 2021 and presented as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival. A FIERCE, KAMPNAGEL, TRAMWAY & VOORUIT CO-COMMISSION

Created and performed by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill Set, Prop & Costume Designer: Tim Spooner Sound Designer: Yas Clarke Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Jo Palmer Producer: Mary Osborn for Artsadmin Cinematographer: Kirstin McMahon Camera operator: Alex Storey Gordon Technician: Samuel Martin-Randerson & Sam Burnley Assistant Stage Manager: Goose Masondo Outside Eye: Nic Green Creative Coach: Stacy Makishi Video consultancy: Mamoru Iriguchi