The Making of Pinocchio

Cade and MacAskill

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Time: 1pm, 8pm 


Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £16)*
1, 4, 7, 10 November

Full Price £16 / Concession £12*
2, 3, 8, 9 November

*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £2.

Running Time: 90 mins

Age Guidance: 16+ (contains sexual references)

This event takes place in person in our Grand Hall.

Battersea Arts Centre presents

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’.

In association with LIFT
Produced by Artsadmin

‘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

‘More than anything, The Making of Pinocchio testifies to an evolving, continually transforming love between partners, a love for making things and oneself.’ ★★★★ The Stage

‘An enormously funny, brave and bold story, telling of puppet rights, transformation, new perspectives and boundless possibility.’ ★★★★ Everything Theatre



This event takes place in person in our Grand Hall. This space is on the ground floor, with step-free access.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


As an access resource, we are providing the option to watch this performance digitally. For password information to the link below, please email




All performances contain integrated captions with descriptions of sounds. 

There will be a wellbeing practitioner available on the following dates:

  • Thursday 2 Nov, 8pm
  • Friday 3 Nov, 8pm
  • Saturday 4 Nov, 1pm
  • Saturday 4 Nov, 8pm


  • 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.

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.

Deciding whether this show is for you? You can read a pre-show description here, which contains spoilers.




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
Produced by Dr. Nora Laraki for Artsadmin
Creation produced by Mary Osborn for 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

Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Viernulvier with support from Attenborough Centre of the ArtsBattersea Arts Centre, LIFT and Take Me Somewhere.

Produced by Artsadmin.

Funded by Creative ScotlandArts Council England and Rufolf Augstein Stiftung with development support from The Work Room/Dianne Torr BursaryScottish Sculpture Workshop, National Theatre of Scotland, Live Art Development Agency, Gessnerellee, Mousonturm, Forest Fringe, West Kowloon Cultural District & LGBT Health & Wellbeing Scotland.

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