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Book yourself in to Zombie School; Want to be a zombie? Well now you can. As Wales gets set for the return of 2.8 Hours Later, Kate Rees picks up some tips for creating the ultimate deathly persona.

T'S time to swot up on your zombie moves and ace acting like the undead.

INo, we're not having you on, we're getting set for the return of 2.8 Hours Later, the Cardiff street game based in a virtual apocalyptic world.

Inspired by the cult film 28 Days Later, in which a small band of survivors of a devastating virus fight for their lives in a country overrun by flesh-eating zombies, the action-packed event will be in the capital between March 19 and 28.

And while many people will be gearing up to play the gory game, which made its debut in the city in 2013, as a non-infected human, there's also the chance to get involved as a walking corpse.

What is Zombie School? If you're not fussed on surviving the outbreak and would much rather hunt than be hunted, then you'll want to enrol at Zombie School this weekend.

Yes, it's a real thing and, yes, it's exactly as it sounds.

Students will get to learn all there is to know about being a creepy cadaver from Head Zombie Alex Noble, who has been running riot since the chase game was launched in the UK six years ago.

From mastering the walk, talk and gormless gawp to creating cunning chase strategies (yes, they exist), it's all about destroying the last living souls on earth. Sounds gratifyingly gruesome, right? Turns out it's one hell of a good time.

"Being on the other side is so much fun, seeing the fear on people's faces can be hilarious because at the end of the day we're only in make-up - but it's amazing how in to the game everyone gets," Noble said.

How exactly do you act like a zombie then? Ahead of the terrifying teaching, Noble's revealed exactly how to be a deathly convincing zombie in five fierce steps. You know, just in case you want to practice beforehand and scare the living daylights out of your family and friends.

All you need to do is... 1. Be loud - all good zombies should be able to let out a groan or shriek that will send shivers down the spine.

2. Be relentless - a true zombie never stops coming, never gets tired and will always catch the weak.

3. Bring friends - a zombie is rarely alone. We have a large horde ready to meet and eat our players. You may dodge one zombie, but there's always another.

4. Be alert - just because your limbs might not be working so well, isn't an excuse for not being on the ball. When on the hunt, a good zombie will be able to hear, see and sniff out players from a distance.

5. Be safe - a good zombie doesn't lose their head.

So how do I enrol for Zombie School? The undead education all takes place at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on March 7 and 8, you can register your interest via www.2.8hourslater.com/volunteering.

Once you graduate, you'll then get to choose which nights you'd like to volunteer at the main 2.8 Hours Later event in the capital. You will need to provide a deposit when you sign up, but this will be returned after you complete the chase game.

In return for volunteering you'll also receive a free ticket to play, you know, just in case you fancy being a human for one night.

But what happens if I don't want to be a zombie? If you're still not convinced and would prefer to save mankind instead, tickets for players are PS38 each for the opening preview game on March 19, with the other four dates priced at PS48 for early bird entry and PS58 standard.

All can be booked via www.2.8hourslater.com, but be quick about it as tickets sold out completely last time around.

What happens during the game itself then? The premise for this year's game, which is called Ruin, is set five years after the original outbreak and sees humanity outnumbered by the infected. In a bid to save the human race, you and other members of a resistance group need to save the last children on earth.

The journey begins at the zombie-proof Asylum, from here you will have to work your way around the capital to uncover the location of the children.

But if you're infected along the way you'll be transformed into a zombie (you basically get sent to a 'treatment room' where make-up artists will give you an undead look).

There's nothing like an end of the world party either, so after you've completed the game there will be a zombie disco to enjoy.

No worries, 2.8 Hours Later takes place in other major cities across the UK including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool. Find out more at www.2.8hourslater.com TELEVISION & FILM

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