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

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