The McNirt Collective is comprised of actors Tim Overton (Patch Theatre's Cranky Bear, State Theatre’s Popular Mechanicals), Ashton Malcolm (State Theatre's Othello, Brink’s Deluge) and Elliot Howard (ANZAC Girls, Me and My Mates), writer and designer Miranda Hampton (Co-Opera, AC Arts) and singer songwriter Tim Moore (‘Songs for Little People’ solo children’s album, Triple J UnEarthed). The McNirt Collective is a team of Adelaide based arts professionals brought together through a common desire to make quality children's theatre based on relevant issues, to as wide an audience as possible. The team have created a highly interactive experience that acknowledges the intelligence of their young audiences and is a delight for all ages.
Miranda Hampton is the writer, designer and original producer of the award winning children's production McNirt Hates Dirt. Premiering at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival, McNrt Hates Dirt won the best children’s performance (week 3) and took out the Minter and Ellison 'Fringe and Beyond Award'. As producer, Miranda organised and coordinated the marketing and tour to 7 different venues around Adelaide bringing McNirt Hates Dirt to over 1300 children. Miranda has worked extensively in education as a teaching artist and designer. Most recently she designed the set for Co-Opera's national tour of Cosi Fan Tutte, AC Arts Graduating actor’s production of Middletown and is currently working on Co-Opera’s latest production Eugene Onegin.
Tim is a proud South Australian actor, singer, maker and musician.
Tim has performed on local, regional, national and international tours with renowned South Australian children’s theatre company Patch in: The Fastest Boy in the World, Little Green Tractor, Emily Loves To Bounce, Cranky Bear, Mr McGee and the Biting Flee and Me and My Shadow - Winner of the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation. Tim was a part of the original devising creative team for Little Green Tractor and Cranky Bear.
He is very excited about this year’s debut with Slingsby, playing The Young King in their newest work The Young King in the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Arts. The Young King will also be touring nationally and internationally in 2017.
Tim is thrilled to have worked with State Theatre Company of South Australia recently on The Popular Mechanicals. His other credits with STCSA include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Buried Child and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. He is also excited to be in The 39 Steps in their season this year.
After graduating from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2008, Tim performed in and co-produced Autobahn, Two, Boxing Day Test and The Call with his own Adelaide based theatre company Junglebean.
Ashton Malcolm is a theatre-maker based in Adelaide, who loves being a member of the McNirt Collective and playing the delightfully messy role of Gerty. She graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2009, with First Class Honours, the Malcolm Fox Drama Prize and a University Medal. Since then she has worked as a performer and devisor on film and theatre, both independently and with established companies. Some of her collaborations with established companies include Brink Theatre Company: Harbinger (2009); Patch Theatre Company: Sturt Street Primary Workshop Artist (2014); Vitalstatistix Theatre Company: Cutaway: A Ceremony (2013), Future Present (2014) Adhocracy (as MC, 2015); Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre: Quiet Faith (2014/2015); STCSA: Desdemona in Othello (2014). Most recently Ashton has formed an art making collective with visual/installation artist Meg Wilson and performance maker Josephine Were. The trio recently premiered new endurance work, You Will Only Ever Be Any Good If You Can Run The Marathon, as part of the CACSA OzAsia Opening (September, 2015) and Christmas House (at FeltSpace, December 2015). One of their upcoming collaborations is Sometimes I… , a punk feminist sleep-over for 9-13 year olds, which is currently in development with the assistance of Arts SA. Ashton is also looking forward to performing with Tiny Bricks in Deluge, which will premiere in the Adelaide Festival in 2016.
Elliot Howard is an actor and musician and as a member of the McNirt Collective he plays the guitar and sings tunes with the cast of McNirt Hates Dirt! Since graduating from ACArts in 2007, he’s been seen playing Macduff and King Duncan in Waxing Lyrical’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, hosted a live Pokémon show in Singapore, toured rural SA/Victoria in Splash Theatre Company’s “Book Show”, “And Their Ghosts May Be Heard”, “Me N’ Me Mate” and “The Bloke”. In 2012 he played Tom in Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” at the Bakehouse. In 2013 he performed as an actor and guitarist in Kulturfiliale’s T.R.I.P. In 2014 he reprised his role as Duncan in Foul Play’s production of Macbeth and he also played the character of Tom Jackson in the award winning fringe show “Now We Can Talk”. Prior to joining the McNirt Collective, he was seen performing Caleb Lewis’ one man play – “Death In Bowengabbie” at the Bakehouse Theatre.
Hailing from a small town in the Adelaide Hills, Tim's is a voice of untempered honesty and rare insight, carried in the songs and stories of an old soul. A regular protagonist at intimate and moving shows in Adelaide's vibrant contemporary folk scene, he has collaborated with the likes of Stu Larsen (QLD), Halfway to Forth (TAS), Woodlock (VIC) and Natsuki Kurai (JPN) and supported international acts such as Passenger (UK), sharing bills with Australian greats such as Archie Roach, Lior, Blue King Brown and Katie Noonan. As at home in theatre venues and festivals as he is in folky bars and house shows, Tim joins the tradition of the great troubadours.
After releasing his debut solo EP ‘Fading Fires’ in 2013, he toured nationally with Stu
Larsen, winning hearts and minds at sold out shows around the country. In 2014 he crowd funded ‘Songs For Little People’ – a highly successful stripped back folk album for the young and young at heart. His first full-length solo album ‘After The Storm’ is set for release early in 2016, followed by tours in Australia and the UK.