Persistent and Nasty is a script-reading, debate and art as activism initiative for the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Although the core principle behind Persistent and Nasty is about the female-identified voice, we are committed to an intersectional approach and aim to use the space we’ve created to provide a platform for the spectrum of marginalised voices in our culture.
Through a series of script readings and accompanying digital content, we are creating a platform for the unrepresented voices in the stage and screen industry; women, minorities, trans and LGBTQIA+.
Our goal is to create a project that is safe and supportive, but that is also an act of protest. Persistent and Nasty is about changing the cultural narrative through the stories we tell.
“The exchange provided by P&N is electric, reminiscent of the consciousness raising gatherings of the second wave but with a focus on intersectionality that has been sorely missing from so much of the mainstream feminist movement”
“It’s about the bigger picture, the bigger conversation and how we move forward, not just in our industry but socially, and in our culture”
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We are inviting script submissions from women, trans-women and non-binary individuals. The prompt for writers this time around is fairly broad; we are looking for scripts that explore / respond to the phrase hope for the future. Writers are invited to interpret this however they wish.
CRITERIA FOR INTERESTED WRITERS:
- 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
- The script can be written for theatre, film, TV or radio.
- Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, diversity and representation.
- Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
- Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind (unless clearly justified within the narrative)
- If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
- Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
- Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
- a brief synopsis
- character descriptions
- a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
- a short biography
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HOW TO APPLY:
- Please send the above information to our script submission inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org
When? Wednesday 15th August @ 1.30pm
Where? Fringe Central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Industry guests: Orla O’Loughlin, Jo Clifford, Stef Smith and Victoria Falconer-Pritchard
When? Thursday 28th June @ 7pm
Where? Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
When? Thursday 28th March @ 7pm
Where? Centre for Contemporary Art, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Script read live stream:
“Names & Labels” by Ria Dhillon
The reading of Names & Labels was directed by Emilie Patry and was performed by the following cast: Lubna Kerr, Mandy Bhari, Shyvonne Ahmmad and Louise Oliver.
Panel discussion live stream:
Mariem Omari & Raisah Ahmed
When? Tuesday 30 January 2018 @ 7pm
Where? The Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow
Script read live stream:
“Culture Club” by Dr Zara Gladman & Dr Laura McNamara
The reading of Culture Club was directed by Belle Jones and was performed by the following cast Elaine Stirrat, Louise Oliver, Cameron Fulton, Fergus John McCann, Chris Alexander, Atta Yaqub, Lucy Hutchison and Ben Allison.
Panel discussion live stream:
Sandy Thomson & Sara Shaarawi
How the events work
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.
“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
The women behind Persistent & Nasty
Louise is an actor, producer, writer, and arts consultant with over a decade of experience working in theatre and festivals, both in Scotland and internationally. She came up with the Persistent & Nasty concept, and initiated the event series.
Louise trained as an actor at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and also has a Masters Degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Glasgow. Theatre credits include Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Thea Elvsted (Hedda Gabler), Angela (Abigail’s Party), Van’s Sister (Dog Sees God), Lindsay (Some Girl(s)), Janet Weiss (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Mhairi (Why Do You Always End Up Here), Grace (Girls Will Be Girls), and both of the Macbeths in Macbeth (in different productions, of course). She is a self-trained jazz singer, has written four plays that were well received in Scotland, and dabbles in stand-up comedy. More recently, Louise has spent a few years (up until 2016) living in New York City, where she worked with NYC companies including The Wooster Group, Theatre Resources Unlimited, Gemini & Scorpio, and The Tank Theatre, before co-founding her own theatre company, The Blockheads Collective. Find out more at www.mslouiseoliver.com.