The Making of Pinocchio by Cade and MacAskill

The Guardian 24 May 2021

The animating force behind The Adventures of Pinocchio is the desire of the wooden puppet to become a real boy. Every scrape and digression is a lesson on the way to that ultimate goal. But what exactly is a real boy? Carlo Collodi would have moral answers to those questions, having laid out a minefield of temptations to be resisted on the road to maturity. But for Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill, the story has a different set of resonances.

In 2018, MacAskill came out as trans (“I just feel so much more like myself”), which means he finds Pinocchio’s journey to self-realisation especially poignant. Cade, his on and offstage partner, has questions of their own about where they fit into the story. Is it all about the transitioning puppet or is it also about those who support him along the way? [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).