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Curtin’s Hayman Theatre presents The After-Dinner Joke

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1 October 2008

7 October to 11 October 2008
Hayman Theatre Upstairs
Curtin University of Technology, Kent Street, Bentley

Ticket prices: Standard $15 and Concession $12
Bookings: 9266 2383 or
An ‘Alice-in-Wonderland-esque’ spectacle that satirises the politics of charity and the absence of charity in politics is The After-Dinner Joke, the latest production by Curtin University of Technology’s Hayman Theatre.

Originally written for television and adapted for the stage, this one-act play by Caryl Churchill is a hilarious political comedy.

The After-Dinner Joke is directed by Curtin’s Leah Mercer and centred around an idealistic young woman named Selby and her descent into the bureaucracy that shapes the business of helping people.

“The play explores what happens at the intersection of charity and business and asks if the politics of fund-raising and consciousness-raising can ever be truly compatible,” Ms Mercer said.

“Fusing live and mediated performances, this visual spectacle will feature nine actors playing over 50 characters depicting over 60 different locations as it explores what happens at the intersection of charity and business,” she said

“The play presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the emerging actors that make up the Hayman Theatre Company at Curtin.

“The main actors are Simone Ruggiero of East Victoria Park, Claire Lacy of East Fremantle
Ashley MacDougall of Leeming, and Samantha Zinner of Bassendean.”

The After-Dinner Joke will be showing from 8pm, 7 October to 11 October at Hayman Theatre Upstairs at Curtin’s Bentley Campus. Tickets are standard $15 and concession $12 and bookings can be made through the Hayman Theatre on 9266 2383 or email

Modified: 1 October 2008

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