East Durham College Performing Arts students prepare for Haloween

Zombies Back For Second Helping

After the success of last year East Durham College will be hosting its Halloween Zombie Run.

The grounds around the College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, will see groups of paying participants being chased through the trees by gruesome-costumed ‘flesh eaters’, as the site is transformed into a quarantined zone taken over by a zombie apocalypse.

Originating in the USA, as a thrill sport involving runners avoiding zombies, East Durham College as developed the concept into a fully interactive ‘theatrical’ experience.
Taking further inspiration from Olympic opening ceremony curator Danny Boyle’s acclaimed 28 Days Later, on Friday 24th October over 100 students will be involved in staging the heart stopping event.

East Durham College performing arts lecturer, Billy Nicholson, believes after the success of last year’s first zombie run event, this year’s will be bigger and better.

Billy explained: “We had and amazing response last year after we hosted the north east’s very first zombie run, the event was a huge success.

“So we decided again with Halloween coming up it would be a fantastic idea to bring set up another event, once again turning our Houghall site into a frightening maze taken over by the undead.

“The experience will start as soon as you enter the bus to travel over to Houghall. Participant will be in grouped in teams of 10 go round the site trying to avoid blood thirsty zombies and get to a safe zone, taking on different life saving tasks along the way.

“We have over 100 of our students involved. 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.”

The event is for people aged 14-plus, and costs £8 per person, which includes return transport, access to the event, a specially branded zombie-run t-shirt and a gig after the event.

Transport is being laid on to Houghall from both East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus at 7pm and Seaham at 7.30pm.

To book your ticket please call into the College’s Peterlee Campus or contact East Durham College Student Services on 0191 518 8222.