Past Event

13 — 16 Sep

Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Screen Queensland present

The Making of Pinocchio

Theatre hit of Europe makes its Australian Exclusive Debut.

"The queer love story of the year."

By Rosana Cade, Ivor Macaskill (UK)

Following a successful world premiere at the London International Festival of Theatre, this show is for anyone seeking to explore the sheer joy and limitless potential of queer imagination.

Called "unmissable", "breath-taking", "phenomenal", "showstopping" and "the queer love story of the year", The Making of Pinocchio is a true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio. 

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. Set in a fictional film studio, you are invited to go behind the scenes of Cade and MacAskill’s creative process and their relationship, and question what it takes to tell your truth. 

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’. 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. 


$49 - $55 + booking fee


Matinee: Sat 16 Sep, 2pm
Evenings: Wed – Sat, 7:30pm

Audio Description Fri 15th 7.30pm


90mins (no interval)


Brisbane Powerhouse ›
119 Lamington St,
New Farm QLD 4005

Getting Here


Relaxed performance

Wheelchair access

Audio description

Open Captioning

Assistive listening systems available

Important Info

Content Warnings

Recommended for ages 18+

This production contains adult themes, full frontal nudity, coarse language, sexual references, depictions of sex acts, and discussions of lived trans experiences. There is some loud music throughout. This production does not contain strobe effects, flashing lights or haze.

Detailed Access information

Detailed access information and content information is available here(‘here’ is the link to the PDF download)

Patrons who require the assistive listening system, please call Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office on 3358 8600.

A quiet space will be provided in the venue for anyone who may need a low sensory space, or who may need time to process the content of the production quietly.

Audio Description will be available at the 7.30pm performance on Friday 15 September

A view at home option is available for this production for those unable to attend a live performance. Please purchase by clicking this link.

Relaxed Performance information: 

Each performance of The Making of Pinocchio is considered relaxed, the audience can come and go as they need and are welcome to respond however they feel is appropriate. No strobing or flashing lights will be used. There is one segment in the work where the music becomes loud, all other sound levels are moderate. Patrons are welcome to wear headphones or other sensory protective wear as they wish.

We understand the themes in this work may be triggering for some people. If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are here to help:
Q Life: 1800 184 527
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Lifeline: 13 11 14

You can also contact the following support organisations online:
Black Rainbow
Open Doors Youth Service
Transcend Australia

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On multiple occasions I thought to myself ‘God, that’s clever’, as they invented before my eyes some new theatrical trick

The Crumb, Theo Moore

Now produced by Artsadmin, The Making of Pinocchio is a wonderfully playful, complex, bold, brave and very moving story describing transformation and potential.

Everything Theatre, Mary Pollard

visually ingenious blend of film and stage performance

Arts Desk, Rachel Halliburton

At-home viewing

A view-at-home version of this production is available if you would prefer to stream a pre-recorded version of the show. You can purchase tickets here, and a link will be sent to you once the live production has opened in Brisbane Festival.

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How to get there

Brisbane Powerhouse ›
119 Lamington St,
New Farm QLD 4005

Getting Here

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