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:

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

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