85. Souls in Purgatory


di e con Gianluca Di Matteo

Written, Directed and Performed by Gianluca Di Matteo

For many centuries, Neapolitans have associated people, objects and events (real or dreamt) to numbers. This association process is still used today and the numbers are used to play in the local lottery.

The number 85 is associated with the Souls of Purgatory.
These suffering and abandoned souls populate the catacombs and communal graves under the ground on which Naples is built.
They are still objects of reverence, although they are not recognised by the official religion.

In this show, Pulcinella accompanies his audience in an evocative, ironic and exoteric journey that becomes a reflection on the eternal cycle of life and death. With the cathartic laughter of the puppets and set against the impending outbreak of the Plague which hit Naples in 1656, a secret will be revealed, one of the many “Pulcinella’s secrets”, which are, in fact, well known to all.

In this new play that brings together the Devil and Death, the ghosts who watch over our dreams and the prayers inhabiting Naples subsoil, Pulcinella, as usual, will struggle, fight, laugh, run away, die... and be born again!

Come on Pulcinella! Wake up... wake up... WAKE UP!


For 10 year and older audiences