Civil Disobedience will present their second Persistent & Nasty live event on Thursday 29 March at the CCA in Glasgow. Persistent & Nasty was born from the frustration and anger of four actresses/writers – Louise Oliver, Belle Jones, Elaine Stirrat and Emilie Patry – who are 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. They believe that we’ve reached a tipping point in our culture where misogyny and the silencing of marginalised voices will no longer be tolerated and their goal is to create an event that is safe and supportive, but that is also an act of protest.
Informed by the important and provocative discussions that took place at their launch event, the theme for the next event is “Representation Matters” and they have specifically sought to platform BAME and mixed-heritage female writers. The format of the evening is in two parts: a one-off reading of an exciting new piece of writing for stage or screen by a female-identified writer, followed by an open forum discussion with an invited industry guest, addressing any issues the work points to and those that affect us on a cross-industry level. They are thrilled to have activist, playwright and performer Mariem Omari of Bijli Productions join them for this event. Mariem lived in the Middle East and North Africa for five years where she worked with some of the most vulnerable people in the region. She has since committed to promoting the stories of the many ‘voiceless’ to strengthen the voice for human rights and equality.