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Christina Reid (12 March 1942 – 31 May 2015) was an Irish playwright.[1][2]



She graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast.[3] She was a writer-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre,[4] and at the Young Vic.[5] She was mother to 3 daughters Heidi, Tara and Suibhan.

Reid was a Patron of YouthAction Northern Ireland, a charity working to inspire young people. One of its projects is the Rainbow Factory which has over 450 young people participating a range of classes, workshops and performances.


  • Thames Television Playwriting Award for "Tea in a China Cup"
  • 1980 Ulster Television Drama Award, "Did You Hear the One About the Irishman?"
  • 1986 George Devine Award for "The Belle of Belfast City"


  • Tea In A China Cup, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1983
  • Did You Hear The One About The Irishman . . .?, New York, 1985
  • Joyriders, Tricycle Theatre, London, 1986
  • The Belle Of Belfast City, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1989
  • My Name, Shall I Tell You My Name? Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin, 1989
  • Les Misérables, Nottingham Playhouse, 1992
  • The King of the Castle, Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, London, 1999
  • Clowns, The Room, Orange Tree, Richmond, 1996
  • A Year And A Day, National Theatre, London, 2007 [6]


Reid was a scriptwriter on BBC Radio 4's drama series Citizens.


  • Christina Reid, Plays I, Methuen, 1997. ISBN 978-0-413-71220-2


  1. ^ Sanford V. Sternlicht (1998). A reader's guide to modern Irish drama. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2773-9.
  2. ^ Coveney, Michael (2015-06-05). "Christina Reid obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-03-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Bernice Schrank, William W. Demastes, eds. (1997). Irish playwrights, 1880-1995: a research and production sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-28805-0.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2010-03-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Christina Reid- Playwright Dramatist". Retrieved 3 June 2015.

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