Persistent & Nasty

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)

Confirm admission by registering with Eventbrite HERE.

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). Just come on the evening of the event and pay a small (£3-£5) donation on the door.


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


Louise Oliver

Louise Oliver Headshot 2016 2Louise is an actor, producer, writer, and arts consultant with over a decade of experience working in theatre and festivals, both in Scotland and internationally. 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

Emilie Patry 


Emilie trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Studio 34 in Paris. She is the recipient of Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Christians (Gate Theatre, London) at the 2016 Off West End Theatre Awards. Theatre credits include Image of An Unknown Young Woman and The Christians (Gate Theatre, London), The Gamblers (Greyscale, UK tour), Iron (Unsub-Gerry Lynch), Macbeth, Twelfth Night and  Henry V (Bard in the Botanics), A Beginning, Middle and an End (Traverse/ Tron/ Hull Truck), Stars in the Morning Sky (Riverside Studios), Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Arcola), Macbeth (New Wimbledon Theatre), Les Isles Kerguelen (Théatre De La Tempête, Paris), and Bastringue (L’Etoile du Nord, Paris). TV credits include; Casualty 1907 (BBC), Behind Closed Doors (BBC Scotland), The Advocates (STV), and Gayle Tuesday: The Comeback (Living TV).

Belle Jones

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Belle Jones trained as an actor at the RSAMD where she won the Percival Steeds Prize for Spoken Word and the Norah Cooper Mulligan Award for Verse Speaking. Performance credits include: The Man Who Followed His Legs and Kept on Walking (Wee Stories), Dark Road (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh), REaD (Tidy Carnage), Red Riding Hood, Aladdin and Cinderella (Plutot la Vie), The Night Before Christmas (Cumbernauld Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Citizen’s Theatre), Outlander (StarzTV), Rebus (STV), May There Always Be Sunshine and 44 Scotland Street (BBC Radio 4). Belle has contributed to R&D with companies including Magnetic North and Catherine Wheels. She has featured in advertisements for the Scottish Children’s Lottery and HSBC. Her play Shame ran as part of the Assembly’s curated programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Award. Belle was a mentored playwright with the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland in 2015 and shortlisted for the Tron’s Progressive Playwright Award in 2016. In 2017 she was commissioned by TYCI to write a piece for Declaration Festival and also by Dr Marisa De Andrade of the University of Edinburgh to write a piece for the Measuring Humanity project. Belle is working with musicians Audrey Tait and Lauren Gilmour on a new musical storytelling theatrical work, Closed Doors, which was showcased at Flint and Pitch at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in 2017. Her first short screenplay The Lady Vagrant, is being produced by Spritelite films this November. Find out more at

Elaine Stirrat

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Elaine trained at Langside College. After this, she worked with various theatre companies, performing in venues including The Citizens, The Tron, and The Royal Concert Hall. Elaine has also worked in Film and TV. Credits include Taggart, Crimes That Shook The World, and I Saw You, along with other work for the BBC. Elaine has been a core member of the ensemble for critically claimed theatre company Poorboy for five years. Her journey with Poorboy began by working on the Blast Hamlet, performed at the Tron Theatre. Over the last few years Elaine has been part of The Christmas Workshop, the second Blast Hamlet, Macbeth, Doctor Faustus, Measure for Measure, and Taming of The Shrew.  Since working with Poorboy, Elaine has also been the production manager for Pirates and Mermaids when it was at The Edinburgh Festival in 2013. Poorboy has allowed Elaine to further her own writing and has supported development days on her current play. She regularly delivers bespoke training and workshops for children and adults.