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 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.

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

Eduard Bersudsky won Creative Scotland Award in 2005

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Friends of Sharmanka is a charity

registered in Scotland No SC023931

It is supported by Creative Scotland.

Very gripping theatre.

The Times


Bizarre, hilarious, ghoulish... unmissable.

The Sunday Times


An icon-painter for our times.



Unforgettable experience.

The Herald


International genius.

The Saturday Telegraph


Go see.

The List

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Regular shows re-launch! | Starting from Thursday 22nd July we are re-launching our regular shows with individual ticket sales!

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