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Cade & MacAskill:
The Making of Pinocchio (Live)

Cade & MacAskill_The Making of Pinocchio_(c) Tiu Makkonen
Cade & MacAskill:
The Making of Pinocchio (Live)
Theatre/Film/Performance
in English with German and English subtitles

With English audio description | relaxed performance

On April 14 + 15, the film version of the play will also be shown online. >> HERE

ALL SHOWS | with English audio description. The preceding tactile tour takes place from 6 to 6.20 pm. 

For audio description and pick-up service, you can register Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm via 030 27 89 00 30 or barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com.

Please klick here for the English Audioflyer.

Set in a fictional film studio, the audience is invited to go behind the scenes of Cade & MacAskill’s creative process. 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 technically sophisticated live film shoot and with playful humor, they reflect this process and their relationship in it.

The Making of Pinocchio is a true tale of love and transition and a queer re-appropriation of the tale of the lying wooden puppet who wants to be a “real boy”. Constantly shifting between reality and fiction, fairy tale and autobiography, the personal and the political, this “ravishingly beautiful” (The Arts Desk) show explores the sheer joy and limitless potential of queer imagination.

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  • Rosana and Ivor mention different parts of the story of Pinocchio but you do not need to know the story to follow what is happening.
  • Ivor talks a little at the beginning about transphobia but does not tell any specific stories.
  • Ivor performs a dance where he is fully nude at some points, at a distance from the audience. When Ivor is nude audiences will see that he has had top surgery. There is also a short film clip where we see Ivor’s chest before top surgery.
  • Rosana describes a sexual fantasy between Pinocchio and the artistic director of the venue, which plays with the artistic director having power over Pinocchio and seducing him. All of the characters are consenting to being involved in sexual activity and experience pleasure. The nudity and sexual fantasy scenes are performed in a playful way.

You can find more information on working with content notes on the house here.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at ticketing@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).

Duration

  • 90 minutes without interval

Language

  • English spoken language
  • With English and German subtitles, including descriptions of the sound and music

Audio Description

  • Both performances take place with English audio description.
  • The audio description is spoken live into a muffled microphone during the performances. The audio describer sits in the back row of the audience.

Relaxed Performance

  • You can move or make noise if you need to and you can go in and out of the performance space.
  • There is a chill out space (with weighted/unweighted pillows, weighted/unweighted blankets, noise-cancelling headphones, earplugs and stim-toys) in the Festsaalfoyer that is available during the performance.
  • If you find that you have an overwhelming emotional response, there will be a leaflet in the Festsaalfoyer under the “Access & Ressources”-Sign with emergency telephone numbers you can call.

Stage

  • The stage will have a large screen, hanging near the front. There will be 2 more visible smaller screens on the stage that the performers use.
  • There will also be a large red drape hanging on the left and going across the floor. 
  • Near the front there will be a drape of material with fake wood printed on it, with 2 directors chairs in front of it.
  • There are lots of props lined up against the back wall and some of these will move to the front of the stage during the show.
  • There are wooden cameras in the space and some of these will move.

Light

  • One of the moving cameras has a bright light.
  • There is a brief moment of complete darkness at the start and finish of the show.

Sound

  • There is a short section with loud music and a loud blower machine.
  • There is music underneath performers talking but there are captions integrated into the show.

Atmosphere

  • The performance attempts to centre queer joy and pleasure. It is playful and it uses humour. Ivor and Rosana check in with each other throughout the performance.

Content

  • Rosana and Ivor mention different parts of the story of Pinocchio but you do not need to know the story to follow what is happening.
  • Ivor talks a little at the beginning about transphobia but does not tell any specific stories.
  • Ivor performs a dance where he is fully nude at some points, at a distance from the audience. When Ivor is nude audiences will see that he has had top surgery. There is also a short film clip where we see Ivor’s chest before top surgery.
  • Rosana describes a sexual fantasy between Pinocchio and the artistic director of the venue, which plays with the artistic director having power over Pinocchio and seducing him. All of the characters are consenting to being involved in sexual activity and experience pleasure. The nudity and sexual fantasy scenes are performed in a playful way.

Other effects

  • Often there is action happening live on stage, and this is being filmed by a camera from a different angle and projected onto the main screen, so you are watching 2 different perspectives at the same time.

Audience area

  • The performers speak directly to the audience.
  • There is no expectation of audience participation in the show.
  • Seated grandstand, no step-free access
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability

Tickets

  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

Created by Rosana Cade & Ivor MacAskill Performed by Rosana Cade, Ivor MacAskill, Jo Hellier & Tim Spooner or Rachel Gammon 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 ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Rachel Gammon Outside Eye Nic Green Movement advisor Eleanor Perry Captioning Collective Text,  Rosana Cade,  Ivor MacAskill, and Jamie Rea SUBTITLE DESIGN Yas Clarke and Daniel Hughes.

A production by Artsadmin. Commissioned by Fierce Festival, Kampnagel, Tramway & Viernulvier with support from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Battersea Arts Centre, LIFT and Take Me Somewhere. Funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung with development support from The Work Room/Diane Torr Bursary, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, National Theatre of Scotland, Live Art Development Agency, Gessnerallee, Mousonturm, Forest Fringe, West Kowloon Cultural District & LGBT Health & Wellbeing Scotland. The guest performance takes place within the festival Queer Darlings #4, funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partners: Berlin Art Link, Rausgegangen, Missy Magazine, Siegessäule, tipBerlin, taz.die tageszeitung.

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. 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.

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