Perfect Day: F-Bomb Theatre

Rachel O'Regan, writer of returning Fringe hit The Beatles Were a Boyband and co-director of feminist theatre company F-Bomb, gives us the lowdown on her perfect day in Edinburgh

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Rachel O'Regan
Photo by Josie Morrison Young
Published 21 Aug 2023

What is your favourite place to eat in Edinburgh?

I live in Leith and there's a little place on Great Junction Street called Peter's Food Hub – it's a cute family-owned business that does Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and Greek. I know that sounds random, but who says you can't have sushi and spring rolls and spaghetti in one meal? In the immortal words of Sharpay Evans, I want it all.

What is the best show that clashes with your own?

I can't wait to see Salamander, which is produced by another Scottish feminist theatre company, Pretty Knickers. It's inspired by true events that happened in Leith in 1980 and explores a lot of the same themes we are interested in – the humanity, dignity and solidarity of women.

Where do you like to relax in Edinburgh?

At home, rewatching Grey's Anatomy.

Where’s the best place for a night out?

Paradise Palms! It's a veggie and vegan bar that also doubles as a creative community hangout – they genuinely support emerging artists in Edinburgh, champion diversity, and provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ people. Plus, they have a cocktail with Buckfast in it, which I could never say no to.

The Beatles Were a Boyband, photo by Josie Morrison Young

What shows are you most looking forward to seeing?

Anything that's in our FemiFringe Guide! I'm especially interested in the ones that get to the Fringe with very little funding or assistance. A recent study reported a 37% gender pay gap for theatre freelancers, so it's more important than ever to go out and buy tickets for shows made by women and people of marginalised genders.

Where is the best place to smash the patriarchy?

Probably Holyrood? But really the best place is WHERE YOU ARE. I don't think there's any best way to be a feminist, and living your life with joy and authenticity is also an act of protest.

Where would you go in Edinburgh to find some feminist solidarity?

Nightclub bathrooms.

What is your best Fringe memory?

This might sound self-obsessed, but winning a Fringe First and the Sit-Up Award last year was the biggest thrill. Being a woman in theatre isn't always easy and those memories get me through times when I feel like I'm knocking on closed doors. One of the best things about the Fringe is that we are able to carve out a space for feminist theatre, and audiences receive it with open arms. I'd love to see theatre programming take a leap and look a bit more like that outside of August.