Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
4.5
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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. Audiences in many countries have been fascinated by its magic. In Glasgow it has gained a reputation as one of the city’s hidden treasures. Very gripping theatre. - The Times Unforgettable experience. - The Herald An icon-painter for our times. - Scotsman For SEASONAL TIMETABLE OF SHOWS please visit our website. Special / group shows out-with the opening hours can also be booked via the website. For ticket prices and TO BOOK TICKETS please visit our website. Advance booking is highly recommended.
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RanaBR
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Friends
Absolutely Wonderful Show! Such a unique experience and feels so personal as a form of expression. Would recommend to anyone who has an interest in the obscure!

It was also truly moving to see what creativity people are capable of, when they are free to express themselves. It was an exhibition of artistic freedom that I was delighted to be an audience to!
Written 27 July 2022
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Louise G
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Family
this place is fantastic totally unique its much more developed than the last time I went there kids will love it its something different
Written 2 July 2022
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4ta
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Family
60 minutes of magic. Really worth to see. We come back next month. Only wish to have soundtrack to enjoy at home.
Written 17 June 2022
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Hi! We’re so pleased you enjoyed our show. Looking forward to seeing you next month! All the best.
Written 26 June 2022
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Brown Dog
Massachusetts74 contributions
I'm into metal sculpture, and mechanical engineering, and this was a great mix of the two. I had the advantage of reading about it, but my husband was looking at the sculptures before the show starting, asking, "What is this?" Once the show stared, it was mesmerizing, and the music was great. It's certainly not for everyone, but we loved it.
Written 26 May 2022
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Hi there! Thanks for coming, and for your lovely review. “What is this?” is the perfect response when entering the gallery for the first time. A hard question to answer but we’re so glad you both enjoyed our show! You’re welcome back any time.
Written 26 June 2022
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FiveClarkes
Glasgow, UK25 contributions
Family
This was one of the strangest but most beautiful shows I have seen. A moving art gallery that is fascinating, mesmerising and hypnotic. I have lived in Glasgow for 25 years and never knew about this place. I’ll be recommending it to any visitors. I would probably say teens and above although a wee toddler there at the same time as us seemed to enjoy.
Written 2 May 2022
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Hello there! Thank you for your kind words. We love it when Glasgow residents learn about us and come along. You are welcome back any time, don’t be a stranger! All the best.
Written 26 June 2022
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Therese
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
A very unusual experience... definitely a must-see if you're down near the barras. For lovers of the unusual/bizarre/steampunk.
Written 25 April 2022
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Hello! Thanks for taking the time to review. We’re really glad you enjoyed the show. You’re welcome back any time. All the best!
Written 26 June 2022
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Paul S
London, UK5 contributions
Family
We booked the Introduction journey and were so impressed with the level of detail. My mom and dad also loved it. It’s a unique experience that caters to any age!

Don’t miss this in Glasgow, there is nothing in the world like this that I’ve heard of.
Written 10 April 2022
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Hello! We really appreciate your kind words, and are so pleased you enjoyed our show. Do come again, you’re very welcome. All the best!
Written 26 June 2022
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Charlotte H
Leamington Spa, UK1 contribution
The sculptures were impressive and interesting given how old they are and the history behind them, however we didn't really feel that it was a 'show' as such. It would have been more interesting if there was a narrative telling us about the sculptures rather than just watching them move to music. It felt a bit slow to us. I was expecting it to be more visually and mentally stimulating! Looks like children enjoyed it though.
Written 14 March 2022
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Greetings and thank you for coming to experience Sharmanka! We appreciate your review and sorry to hear you did not find it engaging enough. It is unusual for Sharmanka’s work to be considered lacking in visual or mental stimulation, however, as any art form, it is naturally subjective so we appreciate that it may not appeal to all. It is worth pointing out that all audience are given a 6 page booklet full of text and wee stories behind each artwork for those who wish to have more of a narrative insight. There’s also a substantial offering of texts and photographs about Sharmanka and it’s artistic team on display for those who wish to dip into the history and gain another dimension of understanding of the artworks. We have consciously decided not to impose these narratives onto our audience, but rather make it optional for those who want to know more, and allow for Sharmanka to be primarily a visual experience designed to encourage and trigger our audiences’ imagination. The experience of course may not strike the correct notes for everyone and we thank you for giving Sharmanka a shot. It’s fantastic to hear that your children enjoyed it!
Written 15 March 2022
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handpict2018
Falkirk District, UK21 contributions
Totally WONDERFUL! A delightful jewel of craft , design and imagination, hidden away in the Trongate. Outside in the street there is a degree of disintegration visible , go inside the centre and this glorious world of fantasy unfolds. Everything about it is beautifully executed, from the fabulous carvings, the construction of each piece , the perfect illumination and the music. Add to that the professional , friendly welcome. What a joy!
Written 13 March 2022
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Thank you for your enthusiastic response! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will get a chance to come back again another day. Your review is much appreciated.
Written 20 March 2022
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Jonathan S
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Family
I have loved Sharmanka for years. Sunday was first visit since before Covid - delighted to have it back and largely unchanged. A wonderful experience and atmosphere. That it is testament to creativity and individual expression despite an atmosphere of totalitarian repression makes it as relevant as ever. Thank you!
Written 5 March 2022
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Thank you for your review and your continuing support. It is great to hear of people visiting more than once and still finding enchantment in amongst the Eduard Bersudsky's sculptures which - we believe - have a timeless quality and appeal We are delighted to be running regular shows again after the enforced closure due to the pandemic and it is great to welcome people back into the gallery.
Written 20 March 2022
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