Proust Questionnaire

Marie Ruane, actress

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Good company, great food, and a nice bottle of wine.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I can’t say I personally identify with any historical figure.

Which living person do you most admire?

My siblings.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Sometimes my willpower can let me down.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Food, I love eating out, which has to be balanced with a gym membership.

What is your favourite journey?

Driving home for Christmas.

On what occasion do you lie?

Not very often. I’m a bad liar.

Which living person do you most despise?

Hatred is a waste of energy.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

He knows.

When and where were you happiest?

My first year at drama school in London.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be a pool shark. A bit more practice and you never know!

What is your current state of mind?

Extremely content.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My friends.

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

A lap dog. I love being rubbed.

What is your most treasured possession?

I have a couple of shoe boxes which contain letters written to me by family and friends which I would never discard.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Loneliness.

What is your favourite occupation?

Acting of course. I love my job.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kindness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Kindness.

Who are your favourite writers?

Edna O’Brien, Flann O’Brien, Brian Friel (Anything with a Brian in it, it seems! ).

What is your motto?

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain.

Marie plays Christina Mundy in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, which is being performed by staged by Second Age Theatre Co in the Town Hall Theatre tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are available from the Town Hall on 091 - 569777 and www.tht.ie Kernan Andrews

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