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Issue Details: First known date: 1938 1938
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Stiven's narrative explores the biblical story of 'Samson the Israelite, whose strength 'was as the strength of 100', until the Phillistines cut off his hair, and later put out his eyes.... The drama mounts from point to point until it comes the final climax of Samson's pulling down of the great feasting house on the heads of the mocking philistines' ('Samson.' Huon and Derwent Times 5 May 1938, p.2).


  • Samson was Stiven's first attempt at writing a radio drama ('Radio Drama Week.' Daily Examiner 29 April 1938, p.11).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1938 .
      • Broadcast (nationally, from Sydney) on 8 May.
      Series: Radio Drama Week [1938] Australian Broadcasting Commission (publisher), 1938 series - publisher radio play

      Eight Australian authors will be represented in the Broadcasting Commission's Radio Drama Week, which will be opened at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday by the Federal Controller of productions, Mr F. D. Clewlow...' ('Broadcasting,' p. 9).

      Tonight (Sunday)... the Australian Broadcasting Commission's second Australian Radio Drama Week will be launched by the Commission's Federal Controller of Production (Mr. P. D. Clewlow).... Every night next week national programme number one will feature an Australian radlo play ('Radio Drama Week,' p. 22).

      The plays, place of performance and broadcast order were:

      1. Samson (Stivens); 8 May

      2. Brother of Mankind (Barclay) ; 9 May [Episode 13 of the Into the Light series]

      3. A Sirius Cove (Shave) and Boiled or Fried (Brooksbank); 10 May

      4. Two Thousand Million Years (Peters); 11 May

      5. The Jackaroo (Barry); 12 May

      6. Conglomerate (Turner); 13 May

      7. Daybreak (Shepherd); 14 May

Works about this Work

National Broadcast Features 1938 single work column
— Appears in: Huon and Derwent Times , 5 May 1938;
National Broadcast Features 1938 single work column
— Appears in: Huon and Derwent Times , 5 May 1938;
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