Venue: Bloomsbury Studio, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH
In a popular courtyard, Fonzino is building the Mother Tosello, a votive altar for the Madonna of the Hens, revealed to the community seven days after Easter. Hidden inside the holy cave Fonzino and his helpers build fountains and statues of saints: outside the big wooden gate of the Tosello, the poverty and the life of the village goes on. Biaggino is a young peasant who works the land at the foot of Vesuvius, spending his life with the elderly women of his village, praying and organizing pilgrimages. Heir of an ancient tradition of prayers, he sings at the opening of both the celebrations, the religious one in the Church and the pagan one in front of the Tosello. He is a femminiello (a homosexual male with feminine behaviour), but his values keep him separated from the femminiello community of Pagani, who participate in local rites in a bizarre way. Ermanno is their leader - stylist and housekeeper, he’s animated by a bigot devotion and is against the paganism of the community. He prepares altars and Madonna’s statues for the celebrations and follows the priest in the celebration of ceremonies. The unveiling of the painting of the Madonna, the chants of the Precious Blood and the Via Crucis announce the arrival of the Madonna of the Hens day.