The After-Dinner Joke
|The After-Dinner Joke|
|Written by||Caryl Churchill|
|Date premiered||14 February 1978|
|Subject||The politics of charity|
|Genre||Epic television drama|
Unfolding through a sequence of 66 short, episodic scenes and utilising a large number of characters, the drama explores the politics of charity through the story of a young woman called Selby who wants "to do 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 political about everything," a local Mayor assures her.
It has also been produced for the stage, including a major revival at the Orange Tree Theatre in London, directed by Sophie Boyce in May 2014.