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