Actress Fiona Shaw performing at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC
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Yeats masterclass by renowned Irish actress

The Kennedy Center in Washington DC is hosting Ireland 100, a three-week celebration of Irish history, arts and culture to mark a century since the Easter Rising.

That was the violent rebellion in 1916 that eventually led to partition and independence.

Artist-in-residence Fiona Shaw kicked off the festival with a dramatic reading of WB Yeats' famous poem Easter 1916.

She explains to the BBC the power of his words.

Filmed and edited by Bill McKenna. Produced by Mat Morrison.

Additional footage provided by: The Kennedy Center

  • 21 May 2016
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