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August: Fringemas is over for another year

30th August 2019 by Scott McPate | News & Events

‘Fringemas’ is over in Edinburgh for another year, with the city beginning to return to some degree of normality. Almost 4000 shows descended upon the city and that’s not including the Book Festival, Art Festival, Royal Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Festival which are all increasing in scale every year. Meanwhile, in Cardiff, the final summer internationals will hopefully bring zero injuries for Wales going into the September World Cup in Japan.

At Yard we’ve had another great month and looking forward to diving into Autumn with more events and hopefully some success in the award season.

Turing Fest

A few Yardies attended the Turing Fest (yet another festival) held in Edinburgh this week. The cross-functional tech conference returned with a diverse range of topics and presentations across the two days including discussions on integrating customers within your processes, discussions on inclusion, building the best teams for your organisation and much much more. We’ll hopefully have a little write up of the event in next month’s roundup.

Best shows of August

Many of the Yardies hit the Fringe hard this year with dozens of shows experienced; some good, some not so good. But here’s a few of the stand out picks from our Yardies, so if you get a chance then check them out next year or if they tour the production.

Lauren’s picks:

  • Police Cops: Badass be thy name – “Hilariously silly theatre show telling a story of a young Mancunian trying to find his purpose in life, whilst slaying vampires. “
  • Square Go – “Two young boys prepare for their first fight and provide a funny insight into the lives of Scottish kids in the playground.”
  • Stevie Martin: Hot Content – “Mockery of sponsored ads on social media, told in a self-deprecating memoir story. “

Caitlin’s picks:

  • Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang – “Absolutely hilarious.”
  • Baby Wants Candy – “The best improv show at the Fringe EVER!”

Scott’s picks:

  • Backbone – “Incredible acrobats, best show I’ve seen.”
  • Ray Bradshaw – “Funny Scottish storytelling at its best.”
  • Men with Coconuts – “I’m not the biggest fan of improvised comedy, but these guys were great.”

New team members

This month we’ve added a few more new faces to the Yard offices. In Cardiff, we have Grant Thomas (Senior Sales Consultant) and Divya Padhiar (Junior Web Analyst) and in Edinburgh Lauren Poole (Content and Campaign Manager). We’re excited to welcome our new team members and they experience they bring and look forward to them helping to contribute to our already successful year and beyond.

If you haven’t read it yet then check out this month’s Meet the Yardies blog post where we asked Courtney and Sonny a few questions.

Homeless World Cup

A group of the Yardies headed along to the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff a few weeks ago. Now in its 17th year, the tournament has gone from strength to strength helping to raise money and awareness as well as educate the public on the perceptions of homelessness. Our Yardies witnessed Wales lose 9-1 to Portugal, but it was still a great atmosphere and a good turnout for the host nation.

And finally

We hope to have our next round of Yard events to announce in September so keep an eye out for those taking place in October and November.

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