Chilling thrill of the chase

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A HORDE of blood-drenched zombies have taken over the streets of Leeds city centre this week.

Teams of intrepid survivors have been having a screaming good time thanks to the 2.8 Hours Later zombie chase game.

Zombie survival Leeds, Pictured professional actors (left to right) Naomi R Carlisle, Kerry Ely, Keith De'Winter, Ssarah Jane Price and Lucy Meredith all tranformed into the role of Zombies.

Zombie survival Leeds, Pictured professional actors (left to right) Naomi R Carlisle, Kerry Ely, Keith De'Winter, Ssarah Jane Price and Lucy Meredith all tranformed into the role of Zombies.

The game challenges brave groups to plot their way to a string of secret locations, armed only with their wits and a map – pursued all the while by an army of the ‘living dead’.

Events company SlingShot has recruited professional actors alongside local volunteer ‘zombies’ to create the interactive experience, where those taking part must avoid getting tagged and “infected” by the walking dead.

Those who do get caught are later made up as zombies themselves for an end-of-game disco.

Earlier this week, a team from the YEP got the chance to take part in the terrifying game.

Four of the group managed to make it through, with the other three sadly joining the ranks of the undead.

The YEP also got to meet some of the people behind the scenes.

Actress Naomi R Carlisle, from Rodley, who like many others answered an online casting call, said: “I love the idea of being in the centre of Leeds, dressed as a zombie and trying to frighten people. It’s very exciting to be involved in.”

Fellow performer Keith De’Winter, fresh from being drenched in fake blood, said: “I love the zombie genre but normally I do lots of comedy – so this is the other extreme. I’m usually making people laugh but now I’ll be hoping to scare the hell out of them!”

The responsibility for making sure all of the performers look suitably horrific lies with a team of professional make-up artists.

They included 20 year-old Charlotte Jackson, who said: “I’ve done a lot of zombies for friends who are in bands. The trick is to make them look as dead as possible– lots of veins and blood!”

For more details about the game, running in Leeds tonight and tomorrow, log on to www.2.8hourslater.com or follow @S_Shot on Twitter.

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