After months of planning, Persistent & Nasty will enjoy her debut voyage in front of a completely packed out audience in Glasgow this evening.  If you’d like to join the experience remotely, you can watch the live stream on our Facebook page.

So exactly what is Persistent & Nasty?

Simple –  it”s a script reading and debate series for the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Male, male-identified, and gender fluid audience members are also very welcome.

When? Tuesday 30 January 2018 @ 7pm
Where? The Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow
Cost? £3-£5 donation on the door (to cover event costs)

If you are lucky enough to be in Glasgow and don’t have a ticket, it could be worth swinging by and trying to get one from our returns desk… it is after all flu season.  Non guest list attendees will be prioritised in order of arrival – just be sure to bring a small donation so the team can cover their overheads.

INDUSTRY GUESTS: Sandy Thomson of Poorboy Theatre Company and Sara Shaarawi of The Workers Theatre

Persistent & Nasty is a platform with a focus on the voices of female-identified humans working, writing, and performing in the stage and screen industry. It was born from the frustration and anger of four actresses/writers, fed-up with the treatment of women across the industry; from the lack of profile female writers get, to the way that women are treated in the casting process.

All are welcome to this first event in our Persistent & Nasty series (men/male-identified people are encouraged to join us too).


The format of the evening is in two parts. First there’ll be a rehearsed reading of a piece of writing for theatre or film by a female-identified writer. This will be followed by an open forum discussion with an invited industry guest, addressing any issues the work points to and that affect women on a cross-industry level. Audience members will be encouraged to take place in this debate.

Our goal is to create an event that is safe and supportive, but that is also an act of protest. We’ve reached a tipping point in our culture where misogyny and the silencing of marginalised voices will no longer be tolerated. The event will be recorded for an accompanying podcast that will serve as documentation of our thoughts, ideas and grievances. We intend to be heard.


After receiving over 100 submissions from female-identified writers from all over the world, and a very difficult decision process, we are excited to announce the details for the script being read at the first Persistent & Nasty live event on 30/01/18.
“Culture Club” by Dr Zara Gladman and Dr Laura McNamara.
Culture Club is a comedy/drama screenplay following the life and lab adventures of a twenty-something PhD student. From botched experiments to lab-based love interests and an AWOL supervisor, she grapples with the day-to-day joys and challenges of academia.
Dr Zara Gladman and Dr Laura McNamara are two recovering scientists from Glasgow, who commenced their writing partnership aged 16.
Zara began her career in zoology, completing a PhD in invasive crayfish in 2012. Since then, she has dabbled in stand up comedy, musical performance and writing. In 2014, she created satirical alter-ego and YouTube hit “Lady Alba” described by Joyce MacMillan as “Sharp, witty, well-made, and a great advertisement for the sheer creative energy and wit of the latest generation of young Scottish artists.” In 2016 she was selected for The List Magazine’s Top 20 “to watch” and in 2017 she co-wrote “Chasing the Waves, an award-winning musical comedy show that shares the story of how scientists made the groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves. She is a short filmmaker for BBC The Social.
Laura has a PhD in cell biology (2010), and has won awards for science communication, and for her work on stem cells for biomedical devices. A keen writer, her back catalogue includes 30 scientific papers, poetry, and a comedy novel called “Anything Toupee the Rent” (2016). She has spoken at numerous conferences and events, including delivering stand-up comedy about her research, and engaging MPs at the House of Commons. She currently develops interactive workshops, shows and exciting science experiences for public and school audiences.
A few words on what inspired them to write this particular piece…
“We have a shared experience of working as female scientists and the extreme highs and lows of studying for a PhD. At the moment, we don’t feel represented in TV or film: not all scientists wear glasses or 70s jumpers (*cough* Big Bang Theory *cough*) and believe it or not, some of us are capable of social interactions. Through our writing, we’d like to showcase the diversity of characters we’ve encountered in academia, from the eccentric to the funny to the downright sexist. But above all, we want to make you laugh. From “zoo-LOL-ogy to cell “culture”, this is our story”.
The reading of Culture Club will be directed by our own, very talented, Belle Jones and cast members confirmed so far include Elaine Stirrat, Louise Oliver, Cameron Fulton, Fergus John McCann and Chris Alexander (further cast members will be announced in the next couple of days).
Team Nasty are so SO excited to be supporting two amazing, multi-faceted femmes of science and art.

“Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.” Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

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