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The After-Dinner Joke
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.'

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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