Tributes paid to playwright Christina Reid

Tributes have been paid to playwright Christina Reid who has passed away at the age of 73

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Christina Reid. Christina was the Writer in Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast from 1983-4, and after moving to London in 1987 she was appointed as the Writer in Residence at the Young Vic from 1988-9.

She is a winner of both the prestigious George Devine Award and the Giles Cooper Award. Her stage plays for the Lyric include TEA IN A CHINA CUP (1983), JOYRIDERS (originally for Paines Plough 1986) and THE BELLE OF THE BELFAST CITY (1989).

Executive Producer, Jimmy Fay said, ‘it’s with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Christina Reid. She was a dynamic and very important playwright. In 1983 she was playwright in residence of the Lyric Theatre for whom she produced Tea in a China Cup and Belle of Belfast City. These plays were witty, dynamic and challenging at a time, in the ‘80s, when Belfast needed such a searching and probing playwright. Only last week we were performing rehearsed readings of Joyriders, which feels as fresh and relevant today as it did when it was written almost 30 years ago.  The arts, theatrical community is a sadder place now she has left us but should celebrate her extraordinary achievement as a writer.’

Local actor Dan Gordon added, ‘I’m so sad to hear about Christina’s passing. She was a brilliant playwright and a magnificent human being. She gave a voice to generations of Belfast working women and young people alike in her landmark plays, ‘Tea in a China Cup’ and ‘Joyriders’. She brought light and love wherever she went.’

Stella McCusker who performed in the original production of Tea in a China Cup said, ‘I am so sorry to hear about Christina’s death. She was an incredibly interesting woman, a fantastic writer and terrific fun. I first met Christina in 1983 when we did Tea in a China Cup at the Lyric and we developed a close personal friendship from then. She will be much missed by her family and the theatre circle of Northern Ireland.’