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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
Ranked #11 of 338 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

I am an engineer and not a arts person. But this place has made like arts. What a fabulous imagination. I am actually struggling to describe it. This place is a must visit. Please try and go on a sunday evening show.

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Clunking and clattering mechanised iron work doesnt seem the basis of a fun experience but this is one definitely for your bucket list. A genius has been at work here creating a unique exhibition with synchronised music lights and kinematics. Bring children to the show but bring the child within you as this they will enjoy.
I would recommend this to anyone visiting Glasgow, more fun than the Burrell, Kelvingrove museum, and all the other stuff put together!

Thank Hindlander
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

If you are interested in puppetry, animation, illustration, circus, steam punk, Grimm's fairy tales, folklore, outsider art, kinetic sculpture, broken toy orchestra, electronica or gargoyles I am certain that you will love this kinetic theatre exhibition. Even if you are not I would still recommend that you go and experience this sometimes scary, but often joyful and thought provoking performance. Absolutely brilliant!

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

After finding Sharmanka on trip advisor I decided to have a look.
The mechanical models were intricate, thought provoking, interesting and absolutely stunning in their construction. The lighting and music made it. It was dark, odd, erotic and unlike anything I have ever seen before.
I will be going back to see the full performance!

1  Thank Cylon666
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

For a fiver you'll get a puppet show like no other. Scarey, weird, macabre and erotic all come to mind - all clunked together in Russian mechanical madness! It's Hansel and Gretel meets The Industrial Revolution. My favourite - The Rag and Bone man. I can just imagine him clanging through the back streets of St Petersburg stealing children. BTW, despite my review I believe this exhibition to be child friendly :-)

1  Thank thearabsmith
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