On the Couch with Maeliosa Stafford

Maeliosa Stafford Arts Review On the CouchWho is Maeliosa Stafford?
Well I’m Irish. I Came here on tour with a show and then met an Australian. She grabbed me… I fell madly. We hitched up and now are the proud parents of three Aussie/Irish adult kids. I came here to Australia 30 years ago and my life and career has been floating and flirting between both cultures ever since.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d probably be a lawyer or an accountant to be quite frank. Theatre making is really hard yakka.

Who inspires you and why?
Music makers and poets really inspire me, which is why I think I still keep going as a collaborative artist.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I have been seriously thinking about taking out a gun license. I have been reading James Bond lately. With careful planning I dream of taking out Donald Trump.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
The west of Ireland! The best place in the world as long as the sun does a deal with me.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Revesby Workers Club for the Surf and Turf meal, followed by a game of Keno.

What are you currently reading?
I must confess… I ran for cover and escaped. I was back in Ireland for the summer and I devoured 8 novels from the Outlander series and must confess again that I loved them all.

What are you currently listening to?
Jackie Leven. A most inspiring voice. He is a huge influence at the moment in my creative work for The Night Alive.

Happiness is?
Getting it right. Having your wife and kids telling you occasionally that your actually not too bad.

What does the future hold for you?
What is the Stars??? I think I will leave life’s little mystery to unfold itself.

Presented by O’Punksky’s Theatre in association with Red Line Productions, Maeliosa is directing Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive at the Old Fitz Theatre from 13 September 2017. For more information, visit: www.redlineproductions.com.au for details.

Image: Maeliosa Stafford (supplied)