Miranda Hampton is the writer, designer and producer of the successful children’s show McNirt Hates Dirt and winner of the 2015 Minter Ellison ‘Fringe and Beyond’ Award.
While studying set design (Live Production Design) at TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts, Miranda created McNirt Hates Dirt which was a hit at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival, receiving rave reviews including Best Children’s Presentation.
Miranda’s inspiration for the show came from her love of gardening, the environment and desire for her two young children to have a close relationship to the land.
“McNirt Hates Dirt is about soil and how gardening affects us as individuals through aiding our understanding of nature and providing a sense of satisfaction when growing things,” Miranda said.
Never having produced a show before, there was a learning curve for Miranda and she credits her lecturers for providing mentorship, advice and inspiration.
Studying under the unique production house model at Adelaide College of the Arts, Miranda works with students from other performing arts disciplines to create in-house student shows that replicate industry practice.
“The production house model training allowed me to create networks with peers from other areas within performing arts whilst still at college,” she said.
McNirt Hates Dirt includes recent acting graduates Tim Overton and Elliot Howard, and current live production design students James Oborn and Pete Sears and film student Dani Bowen.
Described by her lecturer Casey Van Sebille as a self-starter with a do-it-yourself ethos, it is this drive and passion that sees Miranda exploring creative ways to tour her theatre production to communities without access to live theatre.
“Over 1300 children saw McNirt Hates Dirt during our Adelaide Fringe season this year. I now have my sights set on touring the show interstate and overseas,” she said.
Live production design lecturer Casey Van Sebille said: “Miranda illustrates how anyone can act as the starting point for creative projects irrespective of the discipline they specialise in.”
The general public and school groups can find out more about backstage careers at Adelaide College of the Arts Backstage Pass event on 29 June at 11am to 1pm.
Find out more about Live Production Design courses at Adelaide College of the Arts.