The World is a Wedding, the Presentation of Unst in Everyday Life.

Mammalian Diving Reflex (Canada) and the young people of Shetland have been studying Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman who came to Unst in 1948 and said he was there to study the local economy but, instead, observed everyone there. 70 years after his best-selling research, a cast of Shetland’s young people applied Goffman’s insights at Unstfest, the world’s most northerly festival. The result – The World is a Wedding, the Presentation of Unst in Everyday Life – presents their findings, with a song or two.

Supported by Shetland Arts.


The World is a Wedding, the Presentation of Unst in Every Day Life is part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Futureproof festival marking Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018. A major radical new festival of international performing arts, created by young people working alongside renowned Scottish, British and international theatre practitioners.

Ten companies and artists specialising in daring new work will embed themselves in ten communities around the country, working with local groups of young people to co-create, design, develop and stage a piece of performance. Ten productions will then take place in cities and locations across Scotland as part of the Futureproof festival in September and October 2018.

This co-production is made possible in part thanks to grants from Canadian Council for the Arts.

Running Time:

90 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Touch Tour



Breakout spaces available (Mareel only)
Visual guide coming soon.

Early entrance with show information and Touch Tour at 7.00pm on Friday 26 October (for the 7.30pm show)

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About Mammalian Diving Reflex

Based in Germany and Canada, Mammalian Diving Reflex views innovative artistic interventions as a way to trigger generosity and equity across the universe.  It is their mission to bring people together in new and unusual ways, to create work that is engaging, challenging, and gets people talking, thinking and feeling.

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25/10/2018 - 28/10/2018

  • Thu 25 Oct 2018 7:30 pm
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  • Fri 26 Oct 2018 7:30 pm
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  • Sun 28 Oct 2018 7:30 pm
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