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:

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

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