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Our workshops and performance projects release creative expression via play. A performance that is based on play builds a direct relationship with the audience. When we play we are full of energy, alert and spontaneity. We look for playfulness in others and listen to creative impulses in ourselves. When playing we tend not to judge ourselves. If we are enjoying a game we are fully involved in it. There is a total belief and honesty.
Gerry Flanagan 

Shifting Sands Theatre offer workshops suitable for a wide range of education or community groups; schools and colleges. Workshops can be selected as ‘stand alone’ training opportunities for a group or can be booked to accompany a touring production.



Clown... the art of play


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Street Theatre


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Devising Theatre


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Comedia D'el Arte


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Bouffon... Theatre of grotesque Play


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case Studies/Previous workshops

Shifting Sands Theatre initiate projects that allow participants to work with the creative team over an intensive period. Skills are shared and developed often culminating in a devised theatre piece which is performed to peers or public audiences alike. See case studies for a taster of what can be achieved.

The Contract 

A commission from Broxtowe Council to devise a piece of street theatre with a local group of adults. The result was THE CONTRACT a comic, provocative retelling of how one desperate man is tempted to sell his soul. Performances took place at local festivals. 

The Scottish Play

An accompanying devising/performance project for secondary schools which toured alongside the company’s production of Romeo & Juliet. Workshops were delivered to students in after-school clubs in three separate schools. Three participants from each group were then invited to come together to work with the company’s director and designer to devise a show based upon Macbeth. The result was The Scottish Play, which then toured to the participating schools.

The Stuff of Life - The Marditarts

The company worked with Junction Arts to establish The Marditarts a community based Theatre Company in Bolsover, Derbyshire working with participants with little or no experience of performance. A show, The Stuff of Life , was devised and performed by company members, which toured the East Midlands .


The company created and touring a new show to eleven primary schools in the Buxton area with accompanying drama workshops for teachers. Five schools each received a three day workshop from which the students devised a new show and performed to their entire school.. Storymaker was created in partnership with Buxton Opera House and Derbyshire LEA 

Grimm Tales

A project with three secondary schools taking a physical theatre approach to story telling. Ten students from the schools devised Grimm Tales - which then toured to the schools and was performed at Buxton’s A-Z Festival of Youth Theatre.

Snakes and Wolves 

Snakes and Wolves is a comic unfurling of hopes, memories and friendship. Friends are there when we need them. They put up with us, defend us but also tell us the deadliest thing of all – the truth!

The Donkey and His Masters 

The company worked with a group of participants over four weeks of workshops to devise a short comic show which was shared at the Festival of Visual Theatre at BAC in 1998.