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:

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

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