Proust Questionnaire

Leonie McDonagh, Ponydance

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A good dinner, a good laugh, a good haircut, a good tan, a good performance, probably in that order too.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Jane of Arc.

Which living person do you most admire?

There are a few billion living people I admire.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is your greatest extravagance?

Take away dinners.

What is your favourite journey?

Going upstairs to bed.

On what occasion do you lie?

I think I’d probably lie to the taxman if I made enough money to pay tax.

Which living person do you most despise?

Despise is a fierce strong word, but there’s a fair few politicians, bankers, town planners, property developers, city councillors, county councillors with a lot to answer for.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Where do I start...

When and where were you happiest?

Three-years-old on my red tricycle doing laps at speed of our house. That, coupled with the moment I finished my Leaving Cert. The relief was beautiful.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Not listening to other people’s voices in my head, to be organised, to be musical, to be decisive!

What is your current state of mind?

The usual ‘I have something to do!’

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I don’t think I’ve done it yet, but maybe for now I’d say learning to persevere.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

A dodgy fashion trend.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’d say my three-year-old son, but he’s not really my possession, he’s more on lease for the next 15 odd years, so the truest answer here would by my health and healthy relationships.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Losing my son, working for the man, not working at all...

What is your favourite occupation?

It ain’t peeling potatoes.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Self possession and knowing how to spell.

Who are your favourite writers?

Joseph O’Connor and Bill Bryson.

What is your motto?

‘Repetition is funny, repetition is funny, repetition is funny’ is one of about 26 mottos I employ.

Leonie is the artistic director of the Ponydance dance company. Ponydance will be appearing in the Dublin Fringe Festival from September 6 to 20 at 6pm in the PantiBar, Capel Street. To book tickets visit and see Kernan Andrews



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