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:

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

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