Cryptic is a Glasgow based internationally-renowned producing art house, presenting today’s most imaginative, innovative artists whilst also nurturing the creative talent of tomorrow. We create memorable experiences that engage and inspire our audiences. Cryptic ‘ravishes the senses’ with multi-media performances that fuse music, sonic and visual art.

Founded by Cathie Boyd in 1994, the company thrives on artistic innovation and creative risk-taking, which has subsequently created an environment where artists have been encouraged to push artistic boundaries.

To date, Cryptic has presented 162 productions (including 37 world premieres), which have been seen in 29 countries.

Sonica is a year-round touring programme dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, punctuated by an 11-day biennial festival in Glasgow and a biennial weekend at Kings Place, London. We present exceptional international artists alongside emerging Scottish talent in collaboration with renowned co-producers and venues.

Produced by Cryptic, Sonica was launched in Glasgow in November 2012 at Tramway and has toured to Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden and across the UK.

Find us at...

  • Cryptic
  • CCA
  • 350 Sauchiehall Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 3JD

Our family-friendly offer

Families and young people are an integral part of our work. We believe in giving people opportunities to grow and be inspired by the work we create and produce.  We aim to act as a catalyst developing and curating ideas, spaces and emerging talent. Alongside our programme of work we also regularly offer volunteer and job opportunities which are advertised online at


Sonica and Cryptic aim to cater for everyone’s needs and are committed to ensuring an open and accessible approach to all of the work presented.

Alongside discounted tickets for disabled patrons and their carers, Cryptic offers a range of facilities to make your visit more enjoyable.

Find out about access at all venues: accessible parking, drop off points, entrances, ramps and lifts, wheelchair and mobility scooter provision, guide dogs and more at



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