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:

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

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