Let Me Count the Ways

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
William James

100 people of all communities, cultures, backgrounds take over the stage for this radical new music theatre performance, exploring the invisible and sometimes unusual forces that connect us as human beings.

Created by Dumbworld and co-authored by the 100 participants.

Let Me Count the Ways is an exciting and powerful new music theatre production creating a memorable and compelling impact on stage and beyond.

The piece emerged from the desire to respond to an important contemporary moment in time – the largest migration of human beings since the second world war – an event that forces us to examine aspects of displacement, home, diversity, social integration, race, tolerance, culture, borders etc.

The production aims to explore the invisible and sometimes unusual forces that connect us as human beings, helping us realise that even in the most socially diverse environments that we are not so different from our neighbours.

Featuring a cast of up to 100 people from a broad spectrum of communities, cultures, backgrounds and ages this radical new theatre performance creates a real-time snapshot of a place on a given day.


Conceived and created by Brian Irvine and John McIlduff.

Production History

Saturday 22nd July 2017
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast


Composer & Conductor: Brian Irvine

Writer & Director: John McIlduff

Video Designer: Conan McIvor
Project Manager: Susanna Lagan