A FLASH-MOB brought a touch of theatre to the streets.
Shoppers were all smiles as Durham students burst into theatrics and dance after instructions were sent out on their MP3 players.
Two teams headed for the city’s Market Place, one from the Gates and the other from Place Green.
The event, entitled The Hunt, highlighted Durham Drama Festival (DDF), which was launched yesterday, and features a packed programme of plays, musicals and workshops.
Run by Durham Student Theatre, the festival is now in its 37th year,. The four-day run is set to attract various professions from the stage to take in the showcase of work.
This year, it has attracted mime act Didier Noire and Francoise Blanc, who appeared at the Edinburgh Fridge Festival last summer, with the pair joining in the flash-mob, which followed a story of a search for festival director Paul Moss.
Mr Moss said: “It’s great that it’s all coming to one fantastic climax this week, but the preparation started back in November.
“I have loved every second of working on DDF for the past four months. You just get so involved in bringing some fantastic new writing out of the woodwork and I’m really looking forward to finally seeing the shows and meeting the judges.
“The workshops that are lined up are certain to really appeal to all the participants.
“There’s something for everyone, from direction, to reviewing, to the perfect application of stage make-up.”
More than 100 people will take part in the celebration.
The student group last year welcomed movie star and Oscar winner Russell Crowe to one of its sessions after he took up an invitation from then-Chancellor Dr Bill Bryson.
The programme includes plays telling tales of time travel, relationships, along with an improvised tragicomedy and a 24-hour musical.
More information can be found at www.durhamdramafest.com