Plays by James Whyle

Rejoice Burning

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A powerful and humane drama which brings the issue of AIDS to the foreground as a universal theme, and one relevant to contemporary South Africa. In a subtle juxtaposition of black and white – the old world and the new converge around the tragic circumstances that face each of the characters. One is left with the question – who is to blame? – when prevention would have been so easy.

James Whyle is a South African writer, playwright and screenwriter. His novel, The Book of War, was published by Jacana Media in 2012. It was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award, and won the M-Net Literary Award for best debut. His published drama includes National Madness, an Amstel Play of the Year runner up, and Rejoice Burning which was commissioned by the BBC. His story, The Story was chosen by JM Coetzee as winner of the 2011 Pen/Studzinski award. He wrote the original screenplay for the film, Otelo Burning, released in 2012.