Greater Manchester treasure Maxine Peake will be joined by actors Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Christopher Eccleston, and The Smiths’ ex-drummer Mike Joyce at a special event raising funds for Salford Crescent’s imposing and beautiful Working Class Movement Library. Polish off your Sunday roast and hotfoot it to the University of Salford’s rather less attractive Maxwell Hall over the road for an afternoon of prose, poetry and drama readings. Expect stories of radicalism and revolution, Rat Week and the Salford slums, and works by Shelagh Delaney, Harold Brighouse, Friedrich Engels, Ewan MacColl and Robert Roberts.
It’s not the first time some of these names have been brought together to support the Working Class Movement Library – 2014 saw a fantastically successful fundraiser, which the WCML hopes to repeat. Maxine Peake, Manchester International Festival and Royal Exchange regular and a Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library, said: ‘It is always a pleasure and an honour to take part in the Radical Readings and support the wonderful and invaluable resource that is the Working Class Movement Library, a building we should all be proud of.’ A great opportunity to hear some top-notch readings. Keep your eyes peeled for extra ticket releases or returns nearer the time.