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:

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

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