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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

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Neighbourhood: City Centre
As featured in Vibrant and cultured and 1 other guide
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Address: 103 Trongate | First Floor, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 141 552 7080
18:30 - 19:00
13:00 - 15:00
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Sun 18:30 - 19:00
Wed - Sun 13:00 - 15:00
Thu 18:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Permanent exhibition of Eduard Bersudsky's amazing kinetic sculptures....

Permanent exhibition of Eduard Bersudsky's amazing kinetic sculptures. Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death.

Main show (45 min)- Wed-Sun 3pm, Adults£6, conc £4, children age 4-11 - free. There are additional shows during high tourist season and school hols - please check our website for details.

Full show (70 min) - Sun & Thu 7pm.(Adults £8, conc £6)

Advance booking by e-mail is essential

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A unique experience

Super friendly staff, knowledgable and genuinely passionate about this outstanding collection of work. It's a mesmerising look into a world where folktale, gothic and macabre... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide book recommended it and so we tried it. My husband liked it more than I did and I guess it's very clever just not my thing. It's very different.

Thank Rusby1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super friendly staff, knowledgable and genuinely passionate about this outstanding collection of work. It's a mesmerising look into a world where folktale, gothic and macabre surrealism meet political expression and engineering.

Thank claire82017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going to Sharmanka is a fantastic one-of-a-kind experience! Very artistic, but can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The music and the moving sculptures tell a different kind of story and it's definitely a place worth visiting, maybe more than once. A hidden gem!

Thank Eskulapka
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We went for one of the 70 minute shows on the Thursday evening. The artist's life story is very interesting, and the pieces of art work are unique. The mechanical motions complete with the lighting and music made for a memorable evening, although it is very much so modern art. The actual art and presentation of it is difficult to... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Difficult to describe, each mechanical exhibit comes to life with lights and music and is the work of a Russian artist who came to Glasgow to live and work. The detail in each one is amazing they are made up of everyday objects and wood carvings which work together in a magical and mesmerising way something surprisingly everywhere you look.... More 

Thank ladybirdholly
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

My friend and I went to one of the 70 minute evening shows and absolutely loved it! Fascinating back story behind the artist's life and works! Brilliant play between the kinetic artworks and the music used the aid the storytelling! Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to go somewhere and do something a little different! Well worth the... More 

Thank Rebecca G
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Interesting view on the work of a Russian artist that has settled in Scotland. The different pieces of artwork are all unique. The artist used a whole range of different recycled materials to make a wonderful range of puppets. It is well the £6 admission fee for adults, booking is advisable by either contacting them on the phone during a... More 

Thank Shigamm
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Girlfriend asked me to go to this on night and I know anything about this and coming out of it we loved it. Strange but amazing the creations were excellent.

Thank Ross C
London, England
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

very atmospheric and engaging - moving works set to lights and music with each one telling a small tale - like mechanical moving stories - good fun - and kids really liked

Thank LadyDollis
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

We had a really interesting time visiting the theatre, hearing about its origins, speaking to the director and experiencing the show. Truly worth experiencing

Thank Tony M

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