Madeleine Thiele is a Melbourne performer and co-founder of FreeToFall Performance Group. Though she loves collaborating with others in the field of theatre, she is also a musician and song-writer. After completing a performing arts degree with Honours last year, Maddie is now finding her own way in the Melbourne arts community. On a side note, it is also her birthday today -
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDIE!
I feel pretty lucky to be living in Melbourne. It’s one of those cities (like Berlin and New York) that thrive on catering for the alternative niches – the little nooks that tickle the likes of the locals.
A Melbourne Laneway
Melbourne has a strong creative pulse that holds a steady hand for artists wanting to communicate with the rest of the city. One of Melbourne’s greatest niches is the performing arts scene – the city is full of young alternative performing artists trying to get their work produced at theatres like La Mama, 45 Downstairs and The Malthouse.
Writing this blog has been like attempting to define myself as an artist. After completing my honours degree in performing arts last year, I am currently collaborating and writing with FreeToFall Performance Group, which I co-founded in 2010 with Lili Andrews and Kate Laverack. The three of us studied together at Monash University and developed a strong bond through our shared desire to make theatre that can speak to anyone and everyone. We share the view that theatres should not be a place to go for the elite, cultured or artistic, but should be a place that brings people together, simply to have a shared experience.
Maddie Thiele and Lili Andrews of FreeToFall Performance Group in 'comMUTE'
I always thought that when I finished my degree I’d be able to maintain my creative drive and continue to pump out creative ideas with ease. But now I acknowledge that without the deadlines and due dates that uni provided, it’s hard. It’s really hard.
The work-life-balance, the key topic that encapsulates this very blog, is a concept that I’m trying to figure out myself. My strength and passions lie in being creative, but I have not yet figured out a way to turn my creativity into a financially viable way of living.
In any case, I’m going to continue to support and participate in Melbourne’s avid theatre scene. To the Melbourne readers who don’t often frequent theatre of any kind, put it on your to-do list – there’s so much talent in this city – you’re missing out!
Maddie Thiele, Lili Andrews, Kate Laverack and Liam O'Kane of Roundabout theatre company