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Playwright Christina Reid dies

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Playwright Christina Reid has died at the age of 73.

News of the Belfast-born writer’s death on May 31 was confirmed by the city’s Lyric Theatre, where her breakthrough drama Tea in a China Cup was first staged in 1983.

A recipient of both the George Devine and Giles Cooper awards, Reid’s output included Joyriders, The Belle of Belfast City and The Last of a Dyin’ Race.

Paying tribute, Lyric executive producer Jimmy Fay said: “These plays were witty, dynamic and challenging at a time, in the 1980s, when Belfast needed such a searching and probing playwright. The theatrical community is a sadder place now she has left us, but it should celebrate her extraordinary achievement as a writer.”

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s head of drama and literature, Damian Smyth, said her work represented “what was a new strain of intelligent, knowing, clever, rooted and daring writing for the stage”.

“Her place among the classics of Irish drama is assured,” he said.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Stage.