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:

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