People
Gerry Flanagan - Artistic Director
Gerry Flanagan has worked with many companies including the David Glass Ensemble and Bubble Theatre. He worked in Italy for two years, teaching clowning and performing with Clown Selvaggio. In 1991 he co-founded Commotion. Joint Artistic Director of the company, he appeared in all their shows – Point of Departure, No Matter What, The Quest for Don Quixote, Don Juan, and Get Out of Here. Directors for the company included John Wright, Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermot. Gerry’s directing credits include Karton Nach Hawaii for Theatre Kurt in Frankfurt, Fools!Fools!Fools! and Don’t Let Go for Chung Ying Theatre Company in Hong Kong, When in Rome and I am a Viking for Gonzo Moose, The Mask of Prospero for Glasshouse Productions.
He has directed and performed in all the Shifting Sands shows.
Gerry has taught Clown and related subjects for over 20 years in universities, colleges, schools plus the Circus Space and the City Literary Institute, London.


Alison Darling - performer
Alison trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer, Liverpool Playhouse; Noises Off, Kissing Sid James and Silver Lining, Oldham Coliseum; Absurd Person Singular, Bolton Octagon; Allo Allo, The Lowry; Stags and Hens, Abigail’s Party, Dancing at Lughnasa, Once We Were Mothers, Four Nights in Knaresborough and The Lonesome West, New Vic, Stoke; Seasons Greetings, Blithe Spirit, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Twelfth Night, Dangerous Corner, and My Cousin Rachel, Theatre by the Lake and The Herbal Bed and Sleeping Beauty, Library Theatre, Manchester.
Television: Steel River Blues, Coronation Street, Children’s Ward, Linda Green, Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Cardiac Arrest and The Bill.
Alison has also worked regularly for BBC Radio Four.
Kiriakos Haritos - performer
Kiriakos, actor, director and writer, was born in Greece. He has lived in Greece, England, Australia and the Middle East. He has writen three award-winning children’s books, and is the author of the short film script “A Sunny Day,” which received awards at various film festivals. He is also a director: Sophocles' Electra (Essex University), Brecht's The Jewish Wife and Cocteau's The Human Voice (Municipal Theatre of Chalkida, Greece). He has studied Communication and Cultural Management at Panteion University of Athens, and holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Theatre from Essex University, United Kingdom. He has worked as the Creative Director of an event company in the Middle East and in the publishing industry as an Event and PR Manager.  He has worked with Shifting Sands Theatre Company in two productions - Boxed In and Faustus. 
Lorna Shaw - performer
Lorna trained at Bretton Hall where she graduated with first class honours. Since then she has worked as an actor, musician, comedienne and puppeteer and toured with numerous theatre companies including White Horse, Blunderbus and Red Handed.
 
Lorna forms one half of comedy double-act THAT PAIR who write and perform sketch and musical comedy on the London circuit and beyond. The pair have two critically acclaimed Edinburgh festivals under their belt and were recently heard on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.
 
Lorna’s recent credits include playing Emma in episode two of Dwain Chambers: Life Guru (BBC3 Feed My Funny) and Mary Wollstonspacecraft in episode 3 of the E4 series The Midnight Beast to be aired in 2014.