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:

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

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