Ea­monn O’Neal

Oldham Advertiser - - GALLERY OLDHAM -

NOW that Cen­tral Li­brary in Manch­ester has re­opened after its im­pres­sive re­fur­bish­ment, I was able to pay a visit and rem­i­nisce about the many happy hours I spent avoid­ing it.

That’s not strictly true but while I was study­ing for my A Lev­els we would head into town, claim a de­cent spot in the li­brary, place our books qui­etly on the desk, hang our jack­ets care­fully on the back of the chair and go to a cafe un­til open­ing time at the Aber­crom­bie on Boo­tle Street.

My A Level re­sults re­flected the great time we had.

The li­brary now of­fers all sorts of mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ences as well as the tra­di­tional books and pe­ri­od­i­cals, although I’m sure the li­brar­i­ans still come up against some in­ter­est­ing cus­tomers.

This week I over­heard some­one ask for a play by Shake­speare.

When the as­sis­tant asked ‘which one?’ The bloke said ‘I think it’s Wil­liam’. Peake from TV pro­grammes such as Early Doors, Shame­less and See No Evil and of course she has greatly in­flu­enced the Manch­ester In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val.

She has an im­pres­sive CV which in­cor­po­rates writ­ing as well as act­ing cred­its and in this lat­est pro­duc­tion she is in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful.

I know Shake­speare isn’t for ev­ery­one and Ham­let is a pretty lengthy play but to see this qual­ity of per­for­mance close up is a priv­i­lege.

●● Max­ine Peake star­ring as Ham­let at The Royal Ex­change

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