Persistent and Nasty is a platform for 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.
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 us on a cross-industry level.
In their words: “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.”
What to submit/Eligibility:
- Only female and femme-identified writers will be considered.
- 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
- The script can be written for theatre or for film.
- Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, challenge traditional gender roles and explore feminist issues.
- Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
- Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind.
- If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
- Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
- Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
- a brief synopsis
- character descriptions
- a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
- a short biography
How to apply: Please send the above information to Louise Oliver at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 15 December 2017 at 5pm