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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

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Neighbourhood: City Centre
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Address: 103 Trongate | First Floor, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 141 552 7080
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Hours:
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
Description:

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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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... read more

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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!

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 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

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

What an amazing place! The Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is a little gem, right in the centre of Glasgow. What a clever person/people thought of making all these pieces of art out of old junk. All the models are motorised and move, accompanied by music and lights. The 40 minute show is well worth a visit, on the first floor at... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre this afternoon with our 5 year old daughter. The performances of these amazing models were absolutely captivating. We weren't sure whether our daughter would managed to stay focussed for the full 45 minutes but she totally loved it. The show is great for all ages as our group ranged from 5-65 and we were... More 

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