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Persistent and Nasty is a script-reading, debate and art as activism initiative for women and gender minorities in the stage and screen industries. 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, live debates and a regular podcast series, we aim to amplify the unrepresented voices in theatre and film.

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.

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Persistent and Nasty is a script-reading, debate and art as activism initiative for women and gender minorities in the stage and screen industries. 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, live debates and a regular podcast series, we aim to amplify the unrepresented voices in theatre and film.

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.

    Episode 100 - Kyra Jones

    Episode 100 - Kyra Jones

    Episode 100 - Kyra Jones by Persistent and Nasty

    • 58 min
    Episode 99- Zinnie Harris

    Episode 99- Zinnie Harris

    In today’s episode Elaine, and Misha chat with the incredible Zinnie Harris. Award winning playwriter and director. We discuss Zinnie’s first short film A Glimpse. The inspiration for the film, how important hope is to keep going and that you do not to be the
    ZINNIE HARRIS
    Zinnie is a multi-award winning playwright and theatre director, now starting to write and direct films. Her stage plays include FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING (Tron Theatre/ Royal National Theatre), MEET ME AT DAWN, (Traverse Theatre / Edinburgh International Festival), THIS RESTLESS HOUSE (Citizens Theatre / National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival), and HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH (Royal Court Theatre). She wrote two 90 minute TV dramas for Channel 4 (RICHARD IS MY BOYFRIEND and BORN WITH TWO MOTHERS), and episodes for the BBC1 Drama SPOOKS.As a theatre director she has directed numerous main stage productions for the RSC, the Traverse Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre, and the Tron theatre. She won Best Director at the CATS 2017, for her direction of Caryl Churchill’s A NUMBER at the Lyceum Theatre, where she is an Associate Director. A Glimpse is her first short film. She is currently in development with Compact Pictures working to write and direct her first feature film.
    Twitter: @ZinnieH
    Instagram: @words_department

    Find out more about Zinnie's debut short film at www.aglimpsemovie.com

    Twitter: @AGlimpseMovie @CompactPictures
    Instagram @compact.pictures

    A Glimpse is screening from 17th - 23rd May as part of the Grief strand at SMHAF 2021. More information and booking: https://www.mhfestival.com/events/53-national/663-grief

    Check out the full Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival programme running from 3rd - 23rd May at https://www.mhfestival.com/whats-on

    You can also join Zinnie at the filmmakers Q&A at 2pm on Saturday 22nd May https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grief-zoom-discussion-tickets-150512676467

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    Resources
    https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=scotland
    http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/
    https://rapecrisisni.org.uk/
    https://rapecrisis.org.uk/
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk/
    https://www.bapam.org.uk/
    https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/sexual-violence-support-services/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 98 - C.S.Duffy

    Episode 98 - C.S.Duffy

    In today’s episode Elaine, and Misha chat with the sublime Claire Duffy, also known as C.S.Duffy. A scriptwriter and novelist. We discuss everything from periods, 90’s tv shows and finding your way no matter what path it takes. Oh, also lots of feminist rants. What more could you want.

    CLAIRE DUFFY/C.S. DUFFY
    C.S. Duffy wrote scripts for film and TV for over a decade, and when that made her so bitter, she caught herself cycling past the office of a production company giving it the finger she quit the film industry and went to teach preschool.
    During the kids’ naps she wrote Life is Swede, a thriller in the form of a blog, which caused several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking why they weren’t reporting on the murders. It led her into the wonderful world of self-publishing, and two years later her bestselling series Glasgow Kiss was selected for Crime in the Spotlight at Bloody Scotland in 2018. Her original audio series for Storytel, supernatural thriller The Stranger is running in 17 countries and three languages and was recently optioned for TV.She’s currently writing the second season of The Stranger/Annars Tar Jag Dig, working on the development of a major US/Swedish period drama in Stockholm and a feminist gangster drama set in sixties Glasgow. After emigrating to Sweden on a whim she now lives between Glasgow and Stockholm and got the idea for her first crime thriller while working on an oil refinery in Ohio.
    Website: .csduffywriter.com
    Website: theendtheseries.co.uk
    Twitter: @theendtheseries
    Twitter: @csduffywriter
    Instagram: @csduffywriter
    PAYPAL
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/persistentandnasty for those who can donate. A million thanks and love.

    Resources
    https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=scotland
    http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/
    https://rapecrisisni.org.uk/
    https://rapecrisis.org.uk/
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk/
    https://www.bapam.org.uk/
    https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/sexual-violence-support-services/

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 97 - Cat Hepburn

    Episode 97 - Cat Hepburn

    In today’s episode Elaine and Misha chat with Scottish writer Cat Hepburn. We discuss Cat’s new book, Gen Z the power of friendships and so much more. A brilliant episode with a brilliant human.
    CAT HEPBURN

    Cat is an award-winning Scottish scriptwriter, spoken word artist, educator and so much more. She is a powerful and needed voice in this world. Cat’s passion is to explore feminist issues using contemporary storytelling to inspire, provoke and make people laugh.


    Dating & Other Hobbies is out April 29th with Burning Eye Books

    Pre-order a copy now

    "As engaging on page as she is on stage, Hepburn consistently outdoes herself with courage, grace and humour" Darren 'Loki' McGarvey

    "A witty, gorgeous, genital-warts-and-all take on millennial dating culture" Kirstin Innes (author of Scabby Queen)

    "Incandescent word grenades for the love bombed" Phill Jupitus

    "Buy it and carry it daily as a virtual best mate to get through life" Cora Bissett

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    https://www.thetrevorproject.org
    https://bornthisway.foundation/
    https://itgetsbetter.org

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    https://blacklivesmatter.carrd.co/
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    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
    https://justiceforbreonna.org/
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud
    https://www.anothermag.com/fashion-beauty/12570/black-british-owned-businesses-to-buy-from-now-fashion-beauty-design-lifestyle
    https://theeverymom.com/black-history-month-books-for-kids/
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    • 56 min
    Episode 96 - Amira Al Shanti

    Episode 96 - Amira Al Shanti

    In today’s episode Elaine chats with Scottish-Palestinian actor Amira Al Shanti. We discuss her road into the industry, the power of the arts. Being the daughter of refugees and much more. Another wonderful episode with an inspiring woman.
    AMIRA AL SHANTI

    Amira Al Shanti is an emerging singer-actor represented by Infinity Artists Management. Her most recent appearances include ensemble in the Rumi musical concept album and has a featured voiceover in Adam with National Theatre of Scotland. Amira is currently filming Said the Dove to the Olive Tree with Interabang Productions and the Persecution of Witches in Folklore Shorts. Her previous work includes Deloris in Sister Act with Captivate Theatre, Aida in Aida with Glasgow Live Productions and Joanna Trout in Dear Brutus with Threepenny Theatrical. She has previously worked with The Vintage Girls and Little Mix Magic, and spends the occasional weekend dressing up as Princess Jasmine and Moana with Wish Upon a Star Entertainment.

    Twitter: @arabforprincess

    Instagram: @arabicforprincess/


    PAYPALhttps://www.paypal.com/paypalme/persistentandnasty for those who can donate. A million thanks and love.

    Resources
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-women-in-film
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/bme-business-fund
    https://www.scottishtrans.org/support/support-groups-in-scotland/
    https://www.thetrevorproject.org
    https://bornthisway.foundation/
    https://itgetsbetter.org

    https://www.alerojasmine.com/
    https://bespokebinny.com/
    https://pelicansandparrots.com/
    https://www.matuggarum.com/
    https://sheniandteni.com/
    https://lihabeauty.com
    https://ibereapparel.com/
    https://blacklivesmatter.carrd.co/
    https://blacklivesmatter.com/
    https://m4bl.org/
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic
    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd
    https://justiceforbreonna.org/
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud
    https://www.anothermag.com/fashion-beauty/12570/black-british-owned-businesses-to-buy-from-now-fashion-beauty-design-lifestyle
    https://theeverymom.com/black-history-month-books-for-kids/
    https://themadmommy.com/black-owned-etsy-shops/

    Join our Zoom Coffee Morning every Friday at 11am GMT, email persistentandnasty@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 95 - Sandy Thomson

    Episode 95 - Sandy Thomson

    Hold onto your butts because it’s finally here, our epsiode with the Queen of Zero F***s and of our Hearts, Sandy Thomson. Get your gasoline ready because this one will have the patriarchy looking for the exits.

    Follow Sandy on Twitter @Poorboy_Stories
    Follow her film production company on Twitter @SquadWalkFilms
    Website - http://www.poorboy.co.uk/sandy

    Sandy Thomson is a Writer / Director based in Scotland. She has written for and directed theatre and film, alternative reality games as well as audio and visual journeys. She is the recipient of a Playwright Studio Scotland Award and was selected for The New York Women in Film and Television The Writer’s Lab as well as Scotland’s curated screenwriting development program Write4Film. She is a two time Finalist in the screenplay competition at the Nashville Film Festival, with her co-written script Salt Water Blood with creative partner Jeremiah Reynolds winning its category in 2020.

    In 2020 she launched Squad Walk Films, a production company with Jeremiah Reynolds, producing story-centric narrative films in the UK and USA. In 2020 they released the short film Night Shift which Thomson directed with music from Grammy Award Winning producer Femke. Silver Star and Crybaby Hill, two shorts filmed in the USA are currently in post production and due to release in 2021. Meanwhile, Thomson is developing A Sharp Arrow, her directing feature film debut.

    Her plays have been critically acclaimed, receiving 5 star reviews and inclusion in international showcases like IETM and Made in Scotland and touring internationally. Her most recent plays Monstrous Bodies and Damned Rebel Bitches were both published and produced in Scotland with support from Creative Scotland. Other commissions include the National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep Theatre, Cultura Inglesa Festival and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    She is a two time Finalist in the screenplay competition at the Nashville Film Festival, with her co-written script Salt Water Blood with creative partner Jeremiah Reynolds winning its category in 2020.

    In 2020 she launched Squad Walk Films, a production company with Jeremiah Reynolds, producing story-centric narrative films in the UK and USA. In 2020 they released the short film Night Shift which Thomson directed with music from Grammy Award Winning producer Femke. Silver Star and Crybaby Hill, two shorts filmed in the USA are currently in post production and due to release in 2021. Meanwhile, Thomson is developing A Sharp Arrow, her directing feature film debut.

    Her plays have been critically acclaimed, receiving 5 star reviews and inclusion in international showcases like IETM and Made in Scotland and touring internationally. Her most recent plays Monstrous Bodies and Damned Rebel Bitches were both published and produced in Scotland with support from Creative Scotland. Other commissions include the National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep Theatre, Cultura Inglesa Festival and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    • 1 hr 51 min

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45 Ratings

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The feminist collective dissecting the Scottish arts scene. A lovey range of screen and stage, with interviews that range from the big names to the unheard of. I love listening and learning about other women’s work, process, and thoughts on the industry.

Been a lifeline tying me to the arts through 2020.

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Improving the world one episode at a time.

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