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:

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

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