The gaunt and forbidding Victorian Headlands building in St Augustine’s Crescent has been turned into a horror-film set populated by blood-soaked zombies.
The building – which is so stark and atmopheric it makes Hogwart’s look like Disneyland – was originally the Penarth Hotel before it became a Gibbs children’s home after WW1.Now it’s no longer in use and the charity Action for Children and Headlands School are accommodated in more modern building on the Headlands site.
The idea for turning the old building into a movie backdrop came from RikaShake – a small Barry-based fitness business which each year aims to give something back to the local community as a thank you
For the past 3 years the business has staged – on Halloween – what it calls the “RiKaShaKe Halloween Thriller” to raise money for children’s causes. It turns out that the blood-soaked shrouds worn by the “cast ” of zombies are fancy dress costumes worn by RikaShake members who, this year, chose the Headlands Action for Children School as their good cause.
The school caters for children of between 7 and 19 years of age with learning difficulties where they learn to adjust and develop social skills .
During the performance each of the Zombies stands on a mini-trampoline for the spectacular dance routine – a tribute to the original Michael Jackson production “Thriller”
The appeal is aiming to raise £2,000 towards the cost of sending children from Headlands on a “once in the lifetime” trip to New York that the school’s drama teacher is attempting to organise .
To view the video via YouTube – press the arrow in the centre of the screen.
So far the appeal has raised £186 and donations can be given on line on https://chuffed.org/project/halloween-thriller