THINGS are taking a gruesome turn for college students as zombies prepare to invade.
Performing arts students from East Durham College are getting prepared to host their first zombie run.
The grounds around the Houghall Campus in Durham will be transformed into a quarantined zone taken over by a zombie apocalypse and players will pay to be chased through the trees and woodland by gruesome-costumed flesh eaters.
Originating in America as a thrill sport, East Durham College has developed the concept of the zombie run into a fully interactive theatrical experience, which will take place on Friday, October 25, and involve more than 100 students.
Performing arts lecturer, Billy Nicholson, believes this is the first time a zombie run has been developed to this level in the North East and the students cannot wait to take part.
He said: “This is a concept that has really taken off in the USA and the south of England with enthusiasts even spending weekends in forests and abandoned warehouses taking part in different zombie-based storylines. “And, with Hallowe’en coming up we thought it would be a fantastic idea to bring it to the North East, turning our Houghall site into a frightening maze taken over by the undead.”
The experience will start as soon as people get on the bus to travel to Houghall, where participants will be grouped in teams of ten working together to avoid blood thirsty zombies and get to a safe zone, taking on different life saving tasks along the way. Billy added: “Along with the performing arts students taking part, the hair and beauty students will be doing some gruesome make-up to create our zombies and they just can’t wait to bring it all together on the night. “The make-up work that has been trialled by the hair and beauty students is great and looks truly terrifying.”
Student Dan Maddison, who will be one of the actors involved, said: “This has to be one of the most exciting projects that I have had the privilege of being part of. People taking part will definitely be left with their hearts racing.”
The event is limited to 100 guests, aged 14 and over, and costs £7 per person, which includes return transport, access to the ‘dead’ zone, a specially branded zombie-run T-shirt and a disco. Buses, from both Seaham and Peterlee, leave at 7pm and the return at 10pm. To book tickets call into the college’s Peterlee Campus or contact Student Services on 518 8222.