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:

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

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