The After-Dinner Joke
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
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:

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

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