Teenage Cancer Trust

Comic Strip Short Film pilot project

From the 8 April to 13 May 2014, Scottish Youth Theatre’s Access and Outreach Officer worked once a week with young people in Teenage Cancer Trust’s Beatson Unit. The young people devised, developed, designed, wrote, filmed and starred in their own comic strip style short film. The workshops were 2 hours each week, with the final result being a short film which was screened for participants, their friends and family at the end of the pilot project, in the “Friend’s of the Beatson” cinema. In total, over the six weeks 13 young people took part in the project.

On the 6 June 2014 a full day workshop took place at Teenage Cancer Trust’s Edinburgh Unit in the Western General Hospital. In total 4 young people took part and were involved in the devising, designing, acting and filming of the short film. The following week a premiere of the piece took place in the unit and the young people were joined by family and other nursing staff to view their final product.

The Teenage Cancer Trust in conjunction with The Beatson Cancer Charity would like to thank Scottish Youth Theatre and Donald Pirie for this amazing project delivered in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Beatson. We were all very impressed with Donald’s way of engaging all of the young people involved. Not only was the workshop fun and interactive but it allowed the young people the opportunity to learn new skills. The young people all related that they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Lisa Eaglesham, Teenage Cancer Trust’s Youth Support Co-ordinator

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