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:

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

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