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:

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

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