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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow
(4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
SHARMANKA (Russian for Barrel-Organ) was founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St.Petersburg (Russia) in 1989. Audiences in many countries have been fascinated by its magic, and based in Glasgow since 1996 it has gained a reputation as one of the city’s hidden treasures.
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  • This artwork is unlike anything you could imagine-all the words used in the professional reviews are spot on-grotesque, surreal, etc. I'm not a big fan of art but really enjoyed this variation on the ...  more »
  • Read the reviews and thought this sounded interesting, something different. It was at that! Fascinating creations, intriguing and mesmerising. Truly unique. Highly recommended. 
  • If you like quirky stuff and mechanical toys this place is for you. We went to the 3 pm show. There were 9 of us in the audience – 3 men and 6 women so it's not just a guy thing! It’s a very theatrica...  more »
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  • Super quirky, proceed with caution. This doesn't always suit everyone's taste, but is certainly worth a visit if you have the time
  • nice art gallery, a little fat of the city centre. small shops in the gallery
  • Wow!!!! Must see.... I only thought this kind of things existed in movies or in the 1800's. The mixture of moving machines, music and light is amazing.
  • This is a fantastical and very unusual collection of creations. I loved the carved creatures and the light display of various colours, synchronized with music and the sound of the performing exhibits. It is a fascinating and touching journey exploring the human condition which includes elements of Soviet history and works dedicated to the artist's friends from the past. Unique and wonderful!
  • One of Glasgow's secret treasures. This is NOT arty farty! A room full of crazy performing machines built from scrap by a lovely Russian artist called Eduard. Don't even try to read too much into them but you will probably absorb a little russian history by osmosis. Go with an open mind and let the sound and movement and bells tell yourself a story. If there is one. Eduard is not sure either!! Inside some, little rat sculptures will operate levers and wheels and in others wee skeleton figures drive steam engines. Children love the machines. 3 years and up like seeing all the bits moving and its a great option for a rainy day. Go to the shorter show if you are worried about attention span. Cafe cossachock is downstairs and you can have a wee russian themed afternoon. You might love it, you might hate it but you will never know unless you go.