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Yeats' Women recalls Mount Stewart link to poet with evening of song and music

WB Yeats was associated with The Ark Club, set up by Edith, Lady Londonderry in Mount Stewart

MOUNT Stewart, on the shores of Strangford Lough in Co Down, is hosting an evening of poetry, voice, music and song next month to celebrate the National Trust-run estate's connections with WB Yeats.

In Yeats' Women actors Glynis Casson and Daniel Costello tell the story of the poet's life and the women who supported and loved him. The October 6 show will take place in the Central Hall, where Glynis and Daniel will be joined by harpist and singer Claire Roche, who has put a number of Yeats's poems to music.

The link between Mount Stewart and Yeats dates to 1915 when Edith, Lady Londonderry, formed The Ark Club, where she and her friends would enjoy music and dancing. The meeting of a friends morphed into a sort of secret society, joined by invitation only, bringing together people from all walks of life including politicians, artists, soldiers and writers – including Yeats. The estate still holds books signed by Yeats ‘To Circe..', the name given to Edith as part of the Ark Club.

Prior to the production, which has been performed in the National Concert Hall, guests will have the option of enjoying a two-course pre-theatre dinner.

For details and booking see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/269e0217-7e39-43fc-9d39-3a3354ddb203/pages/details or call 028 4278 8387.

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