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:

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

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