Persistent and Nasty is a podcast series and creative activism initiative for women and other marginalised voices in the stage and screen industries. We are a collective endeavour that is informed by the community we serve.

We are committed to an intersectional approach and aim to use the space we’ve created to amplify the unrepresented voices in theatre and film. Our goal is to create a project that is fun, safe and supportive, but 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”

Fountain Review

Coffee Mornings

Every Friday at 11am (UK time) on Zoom. A community support hub and an opportunity to check-in, chat, reflect and connect. Free to join. Email us on to be added to the list.

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“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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Previous Projects

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Town Hall: Radical Dreaming and Practical Solutions This digital event on 1st June 2020 was a faciliatated conversation about the future of theatre in the wake of the COVID19 crisis. It was attended by around 40 members of our community; ranging from freelancers to representatives of companies and bigger institutions. The full verbatim transcript, with a list of attendees and summary of key issues can be accessed here.

Persistent and Nasty are currently sitting on the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s Strategic Working Group for Equalities Diversity and Inclusion. If you would like an issue, question or suggestion heard at the meetings of this group, we can communicate this on your behalf. Just email us at

Monologue Slam

As part of a digital response to the COVID-19 crisis performers were invited to submit a two-minute monologue to be screened online on our You Tube channel. Split over four videos, the responses we received were bold, experimental and anything but monotonous. You can view them all here.

“Persistent and Nasty’s Creative Quarantine programme is the perfect remedy for theatre-lovers and performers alike, but their Monologue Slam is a personal favourite”.

The List Magazine (read the full review here).

Nasty COVID-19 Playlist

Does exactly what is says on the tin. Some feel good tunes, curated with our social media followers, to shake it off or work from home to. Listen here.

The Podcast

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You can find the Persistent and Nasty podcast of Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud and wherever else you get your podcasts.
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