The After-Dinner Joke

Cast: 7f 16m doubling (very large cast possible)

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts
First Staged:
Broadcast on BBC One, 1978

The After-Dinner Joke

By Caryl Churchill
Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

Caryl Churchill’s short play The After-Dinner Joke is a satire on the charity business, written for television. It was first broadcast on BBC One on 14 February 1978 as part of the BBC's Play for Today series.

Told in 66 short, episodic scenes, the plot follows Selby, a young woman who quits her secretarial job in a big corporation to pursue her passion for ‘doing good’. As a charity worker, she studiously avoids becoming embroiled in political issues, only to discover during the course of the action that this is impossible.

'There's something policitical about everything.'

Cast: 7f 16m doubling (very large cast possible)

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

Also by Caryl Churchill:

Far Away
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.
Beautiful Eyes
Cloud Nine
Caryl Churchill Plays: Four
What If If Only
Here We Go
Caryl Churchill: Shorts
Bliss
Caryl Churchill Plays: Three
Escaped Alone
Icecream
The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution
Blue Heart
Schreber's Nervous Illness
A Dream Play
This is a Chair
Traps
Hot Fudge
The Skriker (2015 edition)
Mad Forest
A Mouthful of Birds
Hotel
Seagulls
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Three More Sleepless Nights
A Number
Tickets are Now On Sale
The Skriker
Caryl Churchill Plays: Five
Thyestes
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?
Three Short Plays
Air
Love and Information
Pigs and Dogs
Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen
Ding Dong the Wicked
Lovesick
War and Peace Gaza Piece
Lives of the Great Poisoners
The Judge's Wife
Abortive
Seven Jewish Children

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