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:

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

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