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:

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

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