(19**-) Actor, playwright, journalist, poet and novelist.
Grew up in the Amatole Mountains of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Conscripted into the apartheid army in 1980, he was discharged on the grounds of having "an immature personality with tendencies towards neurosis".
Besides acting on stage and in film, he has published poetry, short stories, journalism, plays and novels.
He is married with three children and lives in Johannesburg.
He studied at the Rhodes University Drama Department until 1976.
As an actor
As a student he appeared in The Relapse (1974), Oh What a Lovely War! (1975), The Owl and the Pussycat (1976). He had roles in Amadeus (1981) Sweeney Todd (1982), Scavenger's Dream (1983), his own play National Madness (1983), Bicycle Riders, Serpent's Mate, True West (1983), West (1984), Outers (1985), Rainshark (1991), an adaptation of Julius Caesar (1995).
As a director
Whyle is a member of the South African Screen Writers Union, (SASWU) and a full time writer since 1994. Besides writing for stage, radio and TV, he also writes feature articles for Playboy, Style and Sunday Times Lifestyle magazines, and has published a number of prose works.
His first play, National Madness , based on his experience in, and escaping from, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), was written in 1981 and performed at the Market Theatre and the Baxter Theatre in the early eighties. It was published in a collection - Market Plays (edited by Stephen Gray, 1986).
Quoted from Outers programme notes wherein he played the role of Richard: 'Is the author of National Madness, in which he appeared in The Laager at the Market Theatre, where he was also seen in Serpent's Mate and recently in Bicycle Riders. Last year, he appeared in Cape Town in Sam Shepard's True West and in Steven Berkoff's West, for which he received a Fleur du Cap Best Supporting Actor nomination. In review, he starred locally in a A Letter for Michael and Cultural Clap. Was seen in The Company's production of Sweeney Todd at the Market Theatre.'
He turned from acting to full time writing in 1994 when, for the first time, it became possible for the real issues of South Africa to be addressed on South African Television. Since then he has worked as consultant/writer/head writer on Hard Copy (TV3), Zero Tolerance (TV2), Snitch 11 (M-Net)and is a senior writer on Isidingo (TV3).
He also writes radio plays for the BBC One of his radio dramas, commissioned by the BBC, is A Man Called Rejoice which was first broadcast in , and re-broadcast for the third time in May 2004.
A short story,Sapper Fijn and the Cow appears in The Penguin Book of Contemporary South African Short Stories, while The Story was the winner of the 2011 Pen/Studzinski competition.
His novels include The Art of War (2012 - Winner of the M-Net Literary Award for debut novel, 2013) and Walk (2013).
Outers programme notes in 1985.
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