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:

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

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