The Making of Pinocchio
ABOUT THE SHOW
A true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio.
Described as ‘the highlight of the opening weekend of Glasgow’s festival of contemporary international performance’ (The Guardian), internationally-acclaimed The Making of Pinocchio continues an impressive world tour with its Australian exclusive debut as part of Brisbane Festival.
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’.
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. 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.
Audiences have called The Making of Pinocchio ‘unmissable’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘phenomenal’, ‘show-stopping’ and ‘the queer love story of the year’.
Experience theatre through a different lens in this joyful hybrid artwork.
PLEASE NOTE: Each performance is a relaxed performance, patrons may come and go as they require.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
We are artists and lovers Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill, and we have been making The Making of Pinocchio since 2018, alongside and in response to Ivor’s gender transition. As part of a four-year process of responding creatively to the changes that were happening in our relationship, we became excited about the imaginative potential of working with Pinocchio to (re)frame trans narratives, and the ways we could use the story of a lying puppet who wants to be a ‘real boy’ to explore ideas around authenticity, shifting truths, and what it means to be seen as ‘real.’
This led us to create The Making of Pinocchio, a joyful hybrid artwork which exists as both a live and digital performance. Experimenting with cinematography, live feed and forced perspective, the work is highly inventive in form and theatricality, creating a multi-layered world that constantly shifts between different realms of reality and fantasy. With a performance style that is playful, funny, and accessible, we offer a unique intimate insight into our ideas and experience – our true tale of love and transition.
We feel a great urgency to make unapologetically celebratory and complex work by and for trans people, that can also resonate strongly with a wider audience. This is a time of unprecedented visibility for transgender and gender-expansive lives, and with this comes a toxic backlash of fearmongering that jeopardises trans rights and threatens the health and well-being of the queer community.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 18+
Auslan performance Sat 16 Sep