18th July 2022


A 4-metre-tall puppet tells a moving tale through dance, movement and masterful puppeteering

As part of Ocean’s Awareness Week and raising awareness of the climate crisis, on Sunday 31st July inSwindon BID Co. and the Wyvern Theatre will welcome ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ to the town centre. Out of the Deep Blue is a large-scale outdoor performance.

It features a 4-metre-tall sea giant puppet and a contemporary dancer. All inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

Created by Autin Dance Theatre, this physical theatre performance five world-class puppeteers operate the puppet. There’s also a contemporary dancer. The spectacle’s designed for family and festival audiences. It tells the magical story of Eko, a sea giant. Eko rises from the deep ocean and encounters, on the shore, a courageous little girl called Violet. It’s a story about the power of empathy and collaboration between these two beings – an ancient creature and a dispirited teen.

Out of the Deep Blue - giant puppet
Out of the Deep Blue – giant puppet

Performance times for Out of the Deep Blue

Three performances will take place throughout the day.

Starting Times from Wyvern Theatre: 11.30, 14,00 & 16.00

‘Out of the Deep Blue’ exists as a two-part performance:

A promenade starting at Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, where Eko the Sea Giant will make his way along Regent Street and Canal Walk. As he goes he’ll interact with the environment and his audience as he heads to Wharf Green for his 25-minute dance theatre duet.

Laura James, Theatre Director for Wyvern Theatre, says, We’re thrilled to be partnering with InSwindon BID on this project. We’re grateful for their support, allowing us to bring the fantastic Out Of The Deep Blue right to the heart of Swindon. This will be a completely unique spectacle. It’s something that families and individuals in our community can engage with and enjoy free of charge and without having to travel out of town. It’s a real opportunity to experience live theatre on your doorstep!’

Associated activities

Alongside the performances, there’ll be craft activities at the crossroads, by the fountain, provided by Prime Theatre and Artsite for all the family using recycled materials to make your own monster.

inSwindon BID Co. Director, Anita Bellinger says, ‘It’s wonderful to work in partnership with our ever-inspiring Wyvern Theatre to bring accessible, live theatre to the heart of the Town Centre.

This will be a vibrant festival experience for the community to enjoy, free of charge. One that raises awareness of the very important issue of the climate crisis. It’s of particular local relevance now that the Council have passed the much-needed climate emergency motion.’

Created in 2021, ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ made extensive tours in summer/autumn 2021 across the UK.

There’s pre-recorded audio description available including audio notes before live performances and streamed AD in vernacular English.

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