Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

Glasgow | City centre | Show | ★★★

[Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre]

The Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is one of Glasgow's quirkiest attractions, yet even many Glaswegians don't seem to have heard of it. During the 1970s, self-taught artist Eduard Bersudsky began crafting a set of curious, moving sculptures ("kinemats") out of scrap metal and rubbish. Initially only seen by his closest friends in his small room in a St Petersburg communal flat, the first kinetic theatre was founded in St Petersburg after Bersudsky showed his work to a theatre critic a decade or so later. Russian economic decline led to Bersudsky's emigration, but Glasgow soon picked up on his kinemats and they now reside in a first-floor gallery in the city centre, brought to life during shows several times weekly. The darkly humorous machinery somehow stirs up a surprising variety of emotions over the course of the 45- (or 70-) minute show, with each model sequentially coming to life to a carefully chosen soundtrack.

[Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre]

Location & info

📌 Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre ★★★
103 Trongate, 10-min walk south of George Square, Glasgow, G.R.: NS 595649 ///fire.badly.grows
🚌 Numerous local buses | 🚇 St Enoch | 🚆 Argyle Street & several other options | 🚗 Car parks nearby (charge)
Open Wednesday to Sunday afternoons / evenings - 1 or 2 performances daily (2019) | £8+ adult / £3+ child depending on show (2019)

[Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre]


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