The After-Dinner Joke

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

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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

Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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