Play Programme ?According to Instructions?

Object number

ldval 2009.9.41


Play programme for ?According to Instructions?, a comedy in one act. Womens Voluntary Service material belonging to the donors Mother, Joyce Chipperfield (nee Stephens). Joyce was born on 17th December 1920 and attended Castle school and during the 1920's was a choir member at St John's Church, Goresbrook Road Becontree, where she met her furure husband Robert Chipperfield, who's family had moved from Croyden early in the decade, to the new Becontree Estate. Joyce and R.A.F Sergeant Robert were married at St Margaret's Church on 22nd July 1944. They lived at 5 Castle Road with Joyce's parents, Alfred and Florence. Joyce was Church organist at St John's Church and regularly filled in at St Cedd and St Alban Churches, even after the couple moved in 1954. Joyce was Church organist at St Patrick's Church, Barking, for many years. Joyce and Bob moved to Southend-on-Sea in1979. Bob passed away in 2003, and Joyce currently resides in a care home in Thundersley.

Physical description

Play programme for ?According to Instructions?, a comedy in one act. Cover is thick brown card and the obverse has a rolling book and floral border with the play details and price within it, to the top left at an angle in pen is written the surname ?Stephens?. The reverse has a plain line border with other play listings with a ?Frennch's Acting Edition? programme listed with their prices.Inside the front cover, within a black line border there is an advertisement for scenery, with the title page for the play on the following page. The remaining pages hold the play On page 4 next to the characters and their descriptions someone has penciled in names, including the name Joyce.. The inside back cover has a continuation from the inside front cover regarding scenery.




Womens Voluntary Service material


Whole length: 184mm
Whole width: 123mm

Collection type



Typescript Printed Obverse: French's Acting Edition/No. 1206/According to Instructions/ A comedy in One Act/ By/ Bryn Chalmers/ Net 1/= NET/ London:/Samuel French, Ltd./Publishers/26 Southampton Street/Strand, W.C.2/New York:/Samuel French Inc./Publishers/25 West 45th Street.

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1757 (2009-06-08)

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