The Hidden Curriculum

© By Graham Reid

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Teachers in a West Belfast Secondary School try to inspire pupils and keep them from trouble outside the gates. It is a thankless and remorseful task as two ex pupils, Boyd and Allen intimidate Eric and Ruby Alexander towards emigration from Belfast.

RUBY: I’m catching that boat, Eric. If you do go back, then you’ll have to kill those two boys. Either that or them and their mates will kill you. It’s a vicious circle and getting on that boat is the only way to break it.
ERIC: I’ll never see him again, Ruby
RUBY: You’ll maybe be able to get back now and again
ERIC: No, I’ll never be able to come back, never. What was it all for? …..I can’t go.

© Graham Reid 1992’ ‘Excepts from Graham Reid’s play THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM reproduced by kind permission of Graham Reid c/o Rosica Colin Limited, London.

The play observes the stresses of the competing influences over the minds of people living in areas with a strong paramilitary culture.

Further Infomation


The Peacock, Dublin, April 22, 1982






First produced Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1982.
Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 1982


‘An intense moving drama, rich in sharp, sardonic humour.
I found the play as absorbing the second time round.’ - Belfast Telegraph

...pulses with an aggressive energy that sent shock waves into the audience…
The play seethes with unpalatable life, well channelled by director Leon Rubin.’ The Guardian