The After-Dinner Joke

Short Play  /  7w, 16m

Selby is a secretary at a big company. She moves to the charity
division as she wishes to do good and ends up running the department.

The After-Dinner Joke

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7w, 16m


Her colleague wants to promote hard hitting, yet inoffensive publicity campaigns but these all get vetoed or scuppered by central or local governments. Selby goes to a country devastated by a hurricane and promptly gets kidnapped by guerrillas. the story is interspersed with short sketches: a thief steals money for charity and is angry when they wont accept it; a Sheik buys Marks and Spencer and local dignitaries enter a pie throwing contest.

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Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Downstairs, her first play written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sund ...

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