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:

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

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