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Whales, Bats & Anarchy

Premiering A NEW SONGBOOK A collection of new music and video works ⚲ Artcetera Studio Community engagement in the making of ambitious collaborative art has always been the driving force behind Dumbworld’s work. Co-artistic Directors Brian Irvine and John McIlduff believe in the unique beauty and creative potential of the individual. The idea that extreme …

Shee

We follow couple Shee and Magnus as they deal with the aftermath of an unexpected pregnancy and negotiate the questions and rifts this brings into their relationship. With same-sex adoption currently illegal in their home in Kenya they must decide whether they should go ahead with the pregnancy as this may be their only chance …

A Children’s Guide to Anarchy

Inspired by the 1931 publication ‘La Anarquia Explicada a Los Niños’, an instructional manual for children published during the Spanish Civil War that explained the ideas and practises of anarchy – composer Brian Irvine and director John McIlduff in collaboration with the children of Oakwood Primary School in Glasgow and the Red Note Ensemble have …

The Scorched Earth Trilogy

“short, sharp, sardonic commentaries on the climate crisis… anarchic and funny ” – The Times Composer Brian Irvine received an Ivor Novello nomination for this work under Best Stage Work [2023]. The Scorched Earth Trilogy is a trio of satirical films inspired by environmental disaster and the lack of serious climate action. The short works tackle some …

Two Angels Play I Spy and Drive By Shooting (Double Bill)

Dumbworld’s Street Art Operas are a unique blend of opera, contemporary orchestral music, street art and animation, presented as a mapped video and sound installation. Two Angels Play I Spy Two Angels stand high on a building overlooking the city, peering into the past and into the future as they wait for their duties to …

A New Topography of Love

Imagine Super Mario Brothers meets Mario Lanza, Mickey Mouse, whales, bats, birds and Jeff Bezos all battling it out for the future of our very own planet earth. A New Topography of Love tells the tale of the earth – ravaged by waste and excess and almost too late to save – but the animals …

Cá a ndeachaigh mé? (Where am i going?)

“Cá a ndeachaigh mé?” is a 16mm experimental film that delves into how emigration can transform our sense of self, sometimes requiring us to leave not only our home geographically but also linguistically. The film follows a young couple’s emotional journey from the countryside of Donegal to Glasgow, as they navigate new cultural landscapes. Through …

Stop These Games

A collaboration with the Art of Music Foundation and White Rhino Films to make a new audio-visual piece, commissioned by the British Council for The Climate Connection. The impact on climate change, human health, and the environment is severe. Plastic waste meant for recycling has piled up in dumps in Kenyan cities. In spite of the world’s toughest …