Vale Maelíosa Stafford

The Irish-Australian actor and director died suddenly at his Sydney home on 10 April.

Irish-born actor and director Maelíosa Stafford, who co-founded the Sydney theatre company O’Punksky’s in 1990 after relocating to Australia, died suddenly at home on Easter Monday 10 April, aged 66.

He is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a consummate actor, a force of nature, joyous and charming.

In a statement posted to Facebook, his family wrote: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that Maelíosa/Dad passed away on Monday 10th of April 2023. This, as many would know, was a complete shock and in no way expected.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts