Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow

4.6
#5 of 177 in Nightlife in Glasgow
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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  • A great rare find in the city of Glasgow. Went to the hour long show called the Wheels of Life. Very interesting with a small audience of 25. Must see for yourself.  more »
  • Well worth booking to see this shiw. Took our 7 year old grandson to the 40 minute show and he loved it, as we did.  more »
  • The artworks themselves took interesting, but it is only when they come to (mechanical) life and start to move that you see them at their best. The light and music adds another layer of interest, wond...  more »
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  • Amazing in every single way. The show is so hard to describe but it is funny and moving in equal measure. I can see why this comes so highly recommended. Do book ahead - we were only able to attend because some folks didn't turn up, it is very popular and well worth paying for the hour long show as it passes so fast! The sculptures are beautifully made and so intricate, you won't regret it.
  • Amazing hidden gem in Glasgow. The clockwork models, atmospheric music and lighting all combine to give an amazing sensory experience. Wonderful. Occasionally unsettling, always compelling. Highly recommended.
  • Brilliant! The moving models were so interesting. The models are made from alsorts of media, wooden carvings, old boots, singer sewing machine parts, so many different things. It's better to book. Do it now!
  • Very nice but they allow too many people at once. It was difficult to see a couple of the attractions. Still a very unique experience.
  • It is an extraordinary collection of kinetic sculpture with musical and lighting sequences. Copious interpretation Is provided, but the creator left the themes to your imagination. There is humour, satire and ribaldry. One of Glasgow's hidden attractions!
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