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Two SuitcasesA film and advocacy project raising awareness of young people living with chronic illness

Are you between 16-19 years old and living with a chronic illness or have you spent long periods of time in hospital? Maybe someone close to you has?

Are you keen to learn about and try out some filming, acting, editing, or animating?

Would you like an opportunity to have your story heard?

If you answer yes to ANY of the above, we would love to hear from you!

Two Suitcases is a film and advocacy project in which young people living with chronic illness get the opportunity to share their experiences and film their own stories with professional mentoring and support. The aim is to raise awareness about what it’s like to be young, Irish and living with a chronic illness.


Stage 1: Filming Ben’s story 13th – 17th February (10am-3pm daily)

Location: Black Box Theatre, DIT Aungier Street, Dublin

Learn, have fun and act! Ben Murnane was diagnosed with Fanconi anaemia, a rare genetic disorder, when he was 9 years old and underwent a bone marrow transplant when he was 16. We are going to make a short film with Ben about his experiences. We will need volunteers to take on filming, acting, editing, animating and art department roles. If you have no experience in this area, no problem! We will have film professionals on hand who will guide you through the process.

  1. – Workshops include: the basics of scriptwriting, drawing up storyboards, filming with iPhones, editing with   iMovie, creating quick but effective animations.
  2. – If you can’t attend for the full 5 days, that’s okay, just let us know when you sign up what days you’re free to help  out. Travel and food expenses will be paid.
  3. – During the Easter break, volunteers on Ben’s Movie will get a chance to film their own movie about their experiences.

Stage 2: Experience sharing afternoon 18th February (2-5pm)

Location: Spunout HQ, 7th Floor, Seán MacBride House, Parliament Row, Temple Bar, Dublin

Chat with other teens! An opportunity to share your experiences of living with a chronic illness and share your thoughts on how you feel the hospital environment could be improved for young people. Your experiences are important to us because we’re developing an arts and technology project for teenagers in hospital. Your ideas will inform this project and your voices will help us to create change.

Interested in all or some of this and want to find out more? Email the super-friendly Emma! communications@old.helium.ie

Two Suitcases is produced by Helium Children’s Arts and Health in association with Spunout.ie.