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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 ...
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Today Elaine chats with dancer, performer, choreographer Charlotte McLean about her career, the power of dance and the everything that surrounds menstrual health and the womb and Charlotte’s new work Futuristic Folktales. Which was co-created by an exciting multi-disciplinary creative team including Helen McIntosh, Nelly Kelly, Malin Lewis, Astro S…
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A surprise extra episode this week. Elaine chats with writer Claire S Duffy. We chat everything from screen writing, Old Hollywood, first dates and her book event on the 13th April 2024 at St Enoch Centre Glasgow for her series Shadow City. Where Claire will be joined by actress Kirsty Strain for a Q&A. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-…
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We’re back and it’s a special episode we have for you. It’s our first live podcast panel event. Which was in collaboration with Short Circuit. We are over the moon with this collab as it’s allowed us the bring you The Women In Film: Braking Barriers and Changing Narratives panel discussion with three incredible women. Nikki Parrott, Raisah Ahmed an…
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Today's podcast features Hillsdale College's Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, David Azerrad. Azerrad explains the guiding principles of the Founders, especially in creating the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He further explains the paradox of liberty and slavery as seen in the personal lives of the Founders. Azerrad …
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Director A. Troy Thomas sits down with Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, to discuss many of the contributions of James Monroe. Monroe was the last Founding Father to serve as President, a two time Governor of Virginia, a US Senator, an ambassador to Britain and France, as well as Secretary of State. An accomplished sol…
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews historian Richard Beeman. Richard was the John Walsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the director of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies. Richard wrote several books, including "Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution," and "Our Lives,…
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WE WILL BE BACK IN 2024 UNTIL THEN #STAYNASTYIn our last episode of the year. Elaine and Louise chat about the growth of Persistent and Nasty their individual achievements and what they’re looking forward to for 2024. HIPA GUIDES: HIPA GUIDES OUR WEBSITE - www.persistentandnasty.co.ukPersistent Pal & Nasty Hero - Pals and Hero MembershipSupport In …
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Pulitzer Prize winning author, Joseph Ellis about America's Founding Fathers and slavery. Ellis argues that we should cease arguing about whether the Founders were heroes or villains, but instead grapple with them as flawed human beings who we can learn from because of their imperfections and what they did well.…
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Today Elaine and Louise chat with the brilliant artist Jordy Joans. We chat Jordy’s path into the industry, music, drag, wring your own material, the struggle of autobiographical performance and so, so much more. Jory will be putting a callout out in January/February 2024 for their final Drag show in June of 2024 so please follow all of Jordy’s soc…
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Today Elaine and Louise chat with director and designer of UGLY! A Cinderella Story which is on now until the 30th December at Cumbernauld Theatre. The show it was written by Gary McNair with original songs by Brian James O’Sullivan. We chat being women in theatre, breaking out of the box you’ve been placed in. Dismantling the outdated gender norms…
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This week Elaine chats with artist Aqsa Arif about her work, her new project Anam Ki Almari at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the importance of intergenerational conversations and the need for true representation. Anam Ki Almari is showing at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from November 2023-April 2024.https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/news/n…
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Spooky Season maybe officially over but not here at Persistent and Nasty. We still have amazing creepy stories for you so stay tuned. Our final spooky tales is here. W.I.T.C.H. written by Louise Oliver and performed by Misha McCullagh and Elaine Stirrat Louise Oliver Louise is an actor, writer and producer based in Glasgow. She has a Masters in The…
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Spooky Season maybe officially over but not here at Persistent and Nasty. We still have amazing creepy stories for you so stay tuned. Our next episode of the final 3 spooky tales is. Home Body written by Rowan Heggie and performed by Amelia Donkor. Rowan HeggieRowan (they/them) is an actor, writer, clown, and visual artist. They have collaborated w…
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Spooky Season maybe officially over but not here at Persistent and Nasty. We still have amazing creepy stories for you so stay tuned. Our next episode is the third of the final 3 spooky tales. The Inertia Years written by Ambrose Kelly and performed by Performed by Paula Nugent.Ambrose KellyAmbrose Kelly (she/her) is a 25-year old writer and multid…
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Today Elaine chats with artist Sarah Hopfinger about her up show Pain and I opening at The tramway on the 8th November then heading to Findhorn on the 11th November. Before a tour round Scotland in 2024. We chat chronic pain, capitalism, loving your body and much more. Ticket links and Audio & Graphic Score Link belowhttps://www.tramway.org/event/b…
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A surprise episode. Elaine chats with writer Apphia Campbell and performer Tinashe Warikandwa about Through The Mud which opens on the 2nd November at the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.We chat the premise of the show, working together, the Black Lives Matter Movement and much more. https://lyceum.org.uk/events/through-the-mud – dates-and-timesTHROUGH TH…
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It’s spooky season. We will be platforming the writers who submitted to our spooky season call-out. A mixture of scenes, monologues, and stories all with an element of the macabre about them. Our call-out was open to women, trans, and non-binary voices. Next up in our spooky season series is Caught written by Eleanor Capaldi and performed by Mish M…
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It’s spooky season. We will be platforming the writers who submitted to our spooky season call-out. A mixture of scenes, monologues, and stories all with an element of the macabre about them. Our call-out was open to women, trans, and non-binary voices. The second story from Siobhán Murphy is The Night Before performed by Emilie Patry. Siobhán Murp…
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It’s spooky season. We will be platforming the writers who submitted to our spooky season call-out. A mixture of scenes, monologues, and stories all with an element of the macabre about them. Our call-out was open to women, trans, and non-binary voices. We have our first of two stories from the same author.First up and third episode three of the sp…
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews former Director of Education at James Madison’s Montpelier, Christian Cotz. Christian discusses James Madison's role in crafting the United States Constitution and his ownership of slaves at his family's large Virginia plantation, Montpelier.By Inertia Films
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It’s spooky season. Over the next 10 days we will be platforming the writers who submitted to our spooky season call-out. A mixture of scenes, monologues, and stories all with an element of the macabre about them. Our call-out was open to women, trans and non-binary voices. Our first episode is Reunion written and performed by Torya Winters. Torya …
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Elaine and Louise chat with actor Holly Jack about her career and her first venture into filmmaking with her short film Safe Home which she wrote and directed. This film was a reaction to what happened to Sarah Everard and we do touch upon this a little. So a trigger warning for around the 20 minute mark of the episode. We also chat Holly’s work in…
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews the 2006 Social Studies Teacher of the Year, India Meissel. She discusses European colonization of North America, the history of slavery in the New World before and after the American Revolution as well as the Founding Fathers' complicated relationship with slavery.…
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Elaine chats with co-directors Ellen Renton and Rachel Drazek of Stellar Quines production of Disciples in association with The Traverse Theatre. Elaine, Rahel and Ellen chat the creation of Disciples, their working process, the joy of a creative rehearsal space and of course we couldn’t avoid the conversation round the Scottish Government breaking…
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the first African American and first historian to serve as head of the Smithsonian. He was also the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). In this episode, Lonnie discusses the museum as wel…
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In the last of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe series of this year Elaine chats with writer/director Mwansa Phiri. This episode is slightly different as we discuss the experience of the festival, the highs, the lows and what the month has been like for Mwansa. We also chat future plans and next year’s show. It’s another brilliant episode with another…
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews the president and CEO of George Washington's Mount Vernon, Doug Bradburn. Doug discusses the complexities of liberty and slavery in the founding era of the United States and how the views of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson changed throughout their lives. For more information on the award-winning documentary…
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Elaine chats with the brilliant Holly and Brooke about their show Hooked: Mr Sister. On @Just the tonic at the Caves @1.05pm till 27th August. We chat soulmates, being women in comedy, moving from serious drama to comedy and much more. Another brilliant episode with brilliant humans. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hooked-mr-sisterhttps://www…
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Elaine and Louise chat with the creators of Slash Leah Hennessey and Emily Allan. Slash is on @ Summerhall until the 27th August @10.15pm. We chat the creating the show, finding that person you connect with both personal and creatively and all things Fanfiction. Louise is in her element. Another great episode with brilliant humans. https://tickets.…
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Elaine and Louise chat with Lula Mebrahtu or Lula.XYZ about her exciting new show OommoO which is on @Summerhall in the Red lecture Theatre @4.15pm until the 27th August 2023.We chat the creation of the show, telling stories with the beat of life, loss and so much more. It’s another wonderful episode with another wonderful guest. https://tickets.ed…
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Elaine chats with the co-writer and the two performers of Six Chich Flicks, Kerry Ipema & KK Apple on @Bristo Sq until the 28th August 2023 @8.25pm. We chat, movies, working in New York, survival jobs, the patriarchy and much, much more. Another brilliant episode with brilliant, funny humans. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/six-chick-flicks-o…
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SPECIAL EPISODE. Today Elaine chats with not one but two creatives who both have shows on at the Edinburgh festival. First time we have had a collar like this and it was gorgeous. Elaine speaks with writer of Gunter - Lydia Higman on @Summerhall till the 27th August @9.10pm and creator of Growler - Dee Mulrooney also @Summerhall until 26th August @…
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Director A. Troy Thomas interviews historian and author, Henry Wiencek about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both founders' views on slavery seemed to change throughout their lives. Listen to find out how. For more information on the award-winning documentary, Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers, visit our website.…
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Elaine chats with artistic director and performer Georgia Gegura of Yuck Circus in now till the 28th August @Assembly George Sq Gardens @4.20pm. We chat returning to the Edinburgh Festival, women in circus, creating her own circus company, passing your skills on t the next generation, the importance of community work, showing taboo subjects to open…
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Elaine and Louise chat with writer, comedian performer Sophie Zucker about her show Sophie Sucks Face which is on now until 28th August @Underbelly Bristo Sq @10.15pm. We chat the inspiration for the show, her writing jobs on The Daily show and Dickinson, making people laugh, enduring love and much more. Another brilliant episode with another brill…
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Elaine and Louise chat with writer/director Lucy Hayes about her new play Bitter Lemons on from now till 28th August @Pleasance Courtyard Beneath @2.20pm We also talk the themes of the play (brief mentions of abortion), to knowing what you want, moving from being an actor to a director, being bold, the disparity in pay in women’s football and much,…
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Elaine and Louise chat with actor/writer Peyvand Sadeghian about her show Dual دوگانه on from the 17th – 28th August @ Pleasance Dome @2.55pm. We chat about the inspiration for the show, Peyvand’s own life as a dual citizen of Britain and Iran, peoples preconceived ideas of Iran and dismantling them, the big training question and creating your own …
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Elaine and Louise chat with comedian, writer, performer Kelly McCaughan about her show Catholic Guilt on now until the 27th August @Underbelly, Bristo Sq @10.15pm We chat the inspiration for the show, fancying Jesus, being a “sexy clown” and much more. Another great episode with another great human. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/kelly-mccau…
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Elaine and Louise chat with the wonderful Larisa Faber & Eugénie Pastor, the creator and co-performers of Stark Bollock Naked which is on now till the 28th August 2023 at Assembly Roxy (downstairs) @3.10pm. We talk the inspiration for the show, the biological clock and all that means, drama training – to train or not to train, the joy of finding pe…
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