The Presentation of Unst in Everyday Life


In 1949, Canadian sociology student Erving Goffman lived on Unst, the Northern most Island in Shetland, for one year. He told everyone on Unst he was there to study the economy. He wasn’t. He was there to study everyone on Unst. He used this research to write one of the most important sociology books ever, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Engaging a cast of teenagers from Shetland, The Presentation of Unst in Everyday Life will see the island’s young people deconstruct Goffman’s conclusions about their grandparents’ generation, exploring the theatricality of social interaction, both real and digital, in the 21st century.

Co-Presented by: National Theatre of Scotland at The Futureproof Festival
Director: Darren O'Donnell
Co-Director: Alice Fleming
Producer: Tina Fance
Creative Associate: Thipeeshan Balakrishnan

Local Production: Karen Allan
Project Manager: Lisa Ward
Creative Associate: Jacqui Clark