Born: Established: 8 Apr 1906 Parkside, Unley area, Adelaide - South / South East, Adelaide, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 2 Nov 1954 Mosman, Cremorne - Mosman - Northbridge area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
In addition to the works individually listed on AustLit, Max Afford has also been associated with the following, untraced works:
In the early days of his radio career, when Afford was writing thrillers for Adelaide broadcaster 5CL at the rate of at least two a month (c.1934), his works were sometimes only listed in radio guides as 'a radio thriller by Max Afford', with no title or other distinguishing information.
Two interviews with Thelma Afford, wife of Max, are held at NLA. She speaks about his writing and career in Australian theatre.
A number of secondary sources (including an earlier version of this AustLit entry) have claimed that Afford's Flail of God was the first 'play' by an Australian to be produced for Australian radio, citing the date of broadcast as 19 July 1932. While it may have been the first 'drama' broadcast, Flail of God was by no means the first locally written work to be heard by the country's radio audience. The previous year Evan Senior's On the Air, became the first musical comedy to be specially written for radio. It was broadcast by South Australian station 5CL on 5 August 1931. A few weeks later Fred Whaite's musical, The Tin Soldier, also specially written for the medium, was broadcast by the ABC's Sydney station, 2BL (26 August).
In 1939, newspapers reported that Afford had sold a number of works overseas:
Mr Afford is probably the only Australian radio playwright to have sold a serial to the B.B.C.—"Fly By Night." This mystery adventure has sold also his "Labours of Hercules," "Oh, Whistle When You're Happy," "The Four Specialists" and "For Fear of Little Men. To South Africa "Mr. Allchurch Comes to Stay," "Merry-Go-Round," "Two Hundred Thousand Witnesses," etc. Cairo also has bought some of the above-named plays, and Polskie Radio asked for "The Four Specialists." Canada has bought "The Four Specialists" and "For Fear of Little Men."
None of these productions have been traced so far, though his Queer Affair at Kettering was produced twice by the BBC in the 1940s.
'Australian Radio Plays: Success of A.B.C. Playwrights Abroad', Canberra Times, 14 August 1939, p.2.