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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:

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

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