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:

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

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