The Mumble : Hi Maddie, so where are you from & how did you end up in Edinburgh
The Mumble : When did you take an interest in the Footlights tradition, & how did you end up in a senior position
The Mumble : Can you tell me about this year’s production, Urinetown?
Maddie : Urinetown is set in a town that is desperately suffering a water shortage following a 20 year drought. The notorious Urine Good Company (UGC) controls the regulation of water and public toilets, exploiting the poor and threatening to banish them to Urinetown if taxes aren’t paid, whilst they enjoy their luxurious lifestyle. Meanwhile the unlikely hero, Bobby Strong, starts a revolution against the UGC and finds out what Urinetown has meant all along.
The Mumble : Footlights have been working with choreographer Sarah Lamb again – what does she bring to the table?
Sarah Lamb : In The Heights was my first major choreography project in Edinburgh and it’s great to be working with Footlights again. In the break in between I’ve done a lot of work in physical theatre and dance theatre, so I hope what I bring to the table is a mix of glitzy Broadway choreography juxtaposed with character infused movement. I love how the show is completely self conscious of its genre, as it allows for to have leaps and pirouettes for absolutely no reason at all other than ‘because it’s a musical’. At the same time however I’m able to dive into the kind of movement direction and choreography that’s focused on emotional intention or character portrayal and that demands an organic process. It’s the mix of commercial dance with theatrical movement that I really hope I’ve been able to create comedy and life with in the show.
The Mumble : What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for Maddie Flint
Maddie : In short, who knows what 2017 holds but it’s definitely started well. Fringe of course is beckoning and I’m always looking for new projects. I would love to remain apart of this wonderful society in some shape or form whilst continuing to abandon my degree in favour of the theatre.