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Adelaide Fringe 2024

The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Creative Health welcomes you to experience an interactive performance by the team that brought us QT (Quiet Time) as part of Adelaide Fringe 2023! 


Adelaide Fringe 2024

QT (Quiet Time): Garden Club 

The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Creative Health was thrilled to once again bring an interactive experience to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) as part of Adelaide Fringe 2024. An interactive performance was organised by the team that brought us QT (Quiet Time) for an arty intervention for patients, visitors, staff and the general public to enjoy.

Adelaide performance maker Ashton Malcolm and her team of gardeners filled the performance space with live music, colourful craft, gentle conversation, and plenty of play.

Created by local Adelaide performer Ashton Malcolm with support from THRF Group – Creative Health, the QT: Garden Club invited people to create unique handmade paper flowers and experience the visually spectacular theatrical sequence performed by the artists in the RAH’s central courtyard. Engaging themes of connection and play, QT: Garden Club offered gentle moments of human connection and creativity throughout the day.

“It is a truly special experience for us to bring QT back to the RAH, after our first version back in 2020. We love working with this team and feel very lucky to be sharing live performance and unexpected creative moments with visitors, patients and staff again.” – Adelaide Performer Ashton Malcom, 2023.

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QT Artist Bios

Ashton Malcolm

Ashton Malcolm is an actor, theatremaker and creative facilitator based on Kaurna Country. 
Her credits include STC and STCSA: The Dictionary of Lost Words (2023); STCSA and Country Arts SA: Euphoria (2023, 2021); Windmill Theatre Company: Grug (2021), Grug and the Rainbow (2023, 2016-2018); Windmill Theatre Company and STCSA: Rumpelstiltskin (2016); Patch Theatre Company: The Lighthouse (Adelaide Festival 2020), Yo Diddle Diddle (2017-2018); Restless Dance Company: Guttered (Syd Fest 2023, Bris Fest 2022, Adel Fest 2021), Intimate Space (Seoul Street Art Festival 2019, Bleach Festival 2018, Adelaide Festival 2017); RUMPUS Theatre: The Wolves (2019); Tiny Bricks and Brink Productions: Deluge (Adelaide Festival, 2016); Vitalstatistix Theatre Company: Cutaway: A Ceremony (2013); Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre: Quiet Faith (2014/2015); STCSA: Othello (2014). 
Ashton trained at the Flinders University Drama Centre; graduating in 2009 with First Class Honours, the Malcolm Fox Drama Prize and a University Medal. Since then she has undertaken further training intensives with Shakespeare and Company in the USA, and Force Majeure in Sydney. She worked for the Starlight Children’s Foundation for nine years; and has since undertaken further studies at Flinders University and Melbourne University with a focus on Arts in Health, and specifically on creating live performances in hospital environments. 

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Zoë Dunwoodie

Zoë Dunwoodie is a performing artist and emerging maker currently living and working on Kaurna Yerta. She graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2011 with a Diploma in Dance Performance, is a NZSD Distinguished Alumni for 2021, and was shortlisted for the Tanja Liedkte Fellowship for 2024. 

Zoë worked full-time and as a guest dancer for Australian Dance Theatre from 2012 – 2020, under the directorship of Garry Stewart, and toured his works nationally and internationally.  

Zoë has worked with local and international choreographers including Daniel Jaber (‘Nought’ and ‘Dirt’), Ina Christel Johannessen (‘North’), Lee Brummer (‘The Loneliness Project’), and children’s theatre companies Patch Theatre Company (‘Home’ and ‘I Wish…’), Windmill Theatre Co (‘Grug’ and ‘Bluey’s Big Play’) and Windmill Pictures (‘Beep and Mort: Season 1 and Season 2’).  

Zoë is an emerging maker and in 2023 she choreographed ‘Co-Incident’ which featured fourteen AC Arts students. She is currently developing her own works including dance theatre work ‘Llama’ and children’s puppet show ‘Planet Stella’ co-created with fellow maker Tim Overton. 

When she isn’t performing, Zoë enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities within a wide range of dance and theatre organisations, institutions, and studios. 

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Elliot Howard

Elliot Howard is an Adelaide-based actor/guitarist and 2007 graduate of the ACArts 3-year drama program. From 2008 he performed children’s theatre such as The Book Show with Splash Theatre Company, performed the roles of Macduff and King Duncan in Waxing Lyrical’s production of Macbeth,and hosted a live Pokémon entertainment show in Singapore. From 2010 – 2015, Elliot embarked on multiple tours through rural SA, Victoria & NSW in Splash Theatre’s travelling Australiana cabaret shows;And Their Ghosts May Be Heard, Me N’ Me Mate and CJ Dennis – The Bloke. In 2012 he played Tom in Neil LaBute’sFat Pig at the Bakehouse. In 2013 he performed as an actor and guitarist in Kulturfiliale’sT.R.I.P. In 2014 he reprised his role as Duncan in Foul Play’s production of Macbeth and played the character of Tom Jackson in the award-winning Fringe show Now We Can Talk. He also performed Caleb Lewis’ one-man play Death InBowengabbieat the Bakehouse Theatre in 2014 to critical acclaim. Elliot was also a guitarist in the children’s theatre show McNirt Hates Dirt, presented as part of the DreamBIG festival in 2017. 

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