James Whyle is an actor, writer, director and producer. He turned from acting to writing in 1994 when it first became possible for the real issues of South Africa to be addressed on South African Television. James was head writer for TV3’s acclaimed Hard Copy, and has written for TV2’S Emmy nominated Zero Tolerance, M-Net’s crime drama Snitch, the TV1 series Mzansi. He continues to write radio drama for the BBC. Dancing with the Dead (2002, Radio 4), the leading role was played by Richard E Grant. A Man Called Rejoice, was re-broadcast for the third time in May 2004. James is a senior writer and, on occasion, story liner, on the South African daily series, Isidingo – The Need. In 1981 James wrote his first play, National Madness, based on his experience in, and escaping from, the SANDF. National Madness was performed at the Market and Baxter Theatres in the early 80s and published in Market Plays 2, edited by Stephen Grey. (AD. Donker, 1986) His second play, Hellhound, was performed at the Market Theatre in 1992. A story, Sapper Fijn and the Cow appears in The Penguin Book of Contemporary South African Short Stories. (1993)
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