Eko is back – don't miss the chance to meet our favourite giant puppet!

Returning to campus for the Festival of Ideas, Out of the Deep Blue is an outdoor physical theatre performance featuring a 13-foot tall puppet called Eko, operated by 5 puppeteers and a female dancer from the amazing Autin Dance Theatre.

The spectacle – which tells the magical story of Eko, a sea giant who rises from the deep ocean – uses contemporary dance theatre and masterful puppeteering as storytelling tools, accompanied by a mesmerising soundscape.

Giant puppet

© Autin Dance Theatre

UH Arts + Culture are thrilled to be part of the University's first ever live Festival of Ideas – an exciting showcase of innovation that’s sure to inspire you. Taking place on our College Lane Campus in Hatfield on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2024, the Festival is FREE and open to everyone.


+ This session does not require specific booking, but please pre-register for the Festival of Ideas HERE

+ FREE entry


+ FREE parking at Angerland Park and Ride (AL10 8HS) with FREE shuttle bus to campus

+ Accessible parking for Blue Badge holders in car park B on the College Lane Campus (please see parking map)

Public Transport

+ FREE travel across our UNO bus network, register to attend the Festival in advance to receive your voucher

More information and full FAQ’s HERE. If you have further questions, please contact ideas@herts.ac.uk and the Festival of Ideas team will be happy to help.

Black and white logo for Autin Dance TheatreBlack and blue logo for Out of the Deep Blue