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:

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

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