The After-Dinner Joke
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
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:

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

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