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

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