Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

 TRONGATE 103,  Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland, UK

Tel 0141 5527080






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.


SHARMANKA (Russian for hurdy-gurdy)  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.


Eduard Bersudsky won Creative Scotland Award in 2005


Unique art and  craft for thought and entertainment for any age.


Christmas 2010 Opening Hours

Please note Trongate 103 will be closed from 1pm on 24th December until normal hours resume on Wednesday 5th January 2011.




Very gripping theatre. The Times


Bizarre, hilarious, ghoulish... unmissible.

The Sunday Times.


An icon-painter for our times. The Scotsman


Unforgettable experience. The Herald.


International genius. The Saturday Telegraph.


Go see. The List



Performances of kinetic sculptures....
(Metal machines, 35 minutes)
Tickets £5/ conc £3
Wed to Fri @ 3pm
Sat and Sun @ 1pm, 3pm
Extended performances of kinetic sculptures....
(St. Petersburg machines, metal machines, perestroika, 60 minutes)
Tickets £8/ conc £5
Thursday  @ 7pm
Sunday @ 7pm

Two children aged  4-16 attend free for each accompanied adult)

Free access to view sculptures in the gallery between shows

 Free performances for Glasgow schools and community groups.

First Thursdays of every month – live music @ 8 pm programmed by John Cavanagh 


Trongate 103 is Glasgow’s unique new creative and visual arts hub. The project was being delivered in a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Culture & Sport Glasgow and eight Merchant City based organisations – Glasgow Print Studio, Project Ability, Street Level Photoworks, Transmission Gallery, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow Media Access Centre [TBC], Glasgow Independent Studios and The Russian Cultural Centre. More info @



Sharmanka Story and CV


Sharmanka Theatre

 Part 1.

Sharmanka Theatre

Part 2.

Sharmanka kinemats

 from Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art collection

(on the loan to Sharmanka Gallery)





Millennium Clock Tower

at National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh


Sharmanka Travelling Circus

Commissions, Public Art, Collaborations


 Sharmanka Music






Kinetic Sculptures for hire

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 Friends of Sharmanka is a charity registered in Scotland No SCO23931,  supported by Glasgow City Council, Scottish Arts Council, Foundation for Sports and Art  and Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust






Last time updated 20.01.2010


Number of visitors since 26.11.2000