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:

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

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