PREVIEW: The Giggling Girder Club @ The Church (Hockley), Tues 21st Jan

PREVIEW The Giggling Girder Club @ The Church (Hockley), Tues 21st Jan

On Tuesday 21st January, The Church in Hockley launches a new monthly ‘night of spoken, sung and smugly said words’ – The Giggling Girder Club.

Its debut event this Tuesday will be followed by another outing on 25th Feb and a third on 25th March. Entrance is a very accessible £3, or £10 for a ‘meal ticket’ which includes ‘Entry and any Main Course or Burger of the main menu.’

Carl Finn (owner) - The Church LRThe Church maintains a solid focus on food, with the brains behind the refurbished Hockley boozer holding a strong track record for grub. They’re no stranger to events either.

The Giggling Girder Club’s inaugural event on Tuesday (Jan 21st) will present a range of performers covering spoken word, poetry, comedy & music.

The Church Inn #1 - LRPerforming stand up will be comedians Tom Christian, Graham Milton and Rob Kemp; with performance poetry from Rohit the Poet & Dave Pitt – the latter of whom may/may not be delivering verse sitting down (

Music comes from Blues guitarist Karl Merrick.

The Giggling Girder Club launches at The Church in Hockley on Tuesday 21st January. For more info and links to tickets, visit

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Ed’s note…

Butterfly screen break - lr - smBig fan of The Church.  Gregarious staff, great menu – food & drinks, and a considered edition to the gentrification of Hockley. Plus the people behind it have long been running events (and menus) out of other venues, so it’s good to see them with a place they control from top to bottom.

I know nothing about the stand ups, other than seeing Rob Kemp on a poster with Tom Wrigglesworth – and if you’re supporting him you’ve most likely got ‘something’. Whether it’ll be apparent on at The Giggling Girder Club only time (and a few hundred words) will tell.

Spoken word, or poetry as it was once called, is a dicey game – and one that often depends on the equation subject + confidence x delivery ÷ audience. Again we’ll keep an open mind; but it’s good to see The Church throwing some weight and stage time behind the medium.

So it’s very much suck it and see for The Giggling Girder Club, but with a reasonably priced ‘meal ticket’ the worst outcome will be a decent evening meal. And I could quite happily demolish The Church’s menu no matter what else is happening in the room.

Ed King is editor of Birmingham Review. Follow him @EdKing2210