Event Details

Thick Richard will be performing for us at our second ‘Chairs in the Nest’ event in Shrewsbury’s funky indoor Market Hall at the Birds Nest Cafe’ (home to the gods of good quality tucker and coolness).


Thick, thin, crunchy or just wholemeal Richard to his mates, is a young edgy street poet from the north west who lurks in the shadows of Mr John Cooper Clarke. He likes a little bad language (don’t we all!) and crafts it around some sublime verse with a big twist of jet black humour to boot. He is a well sought stand-up who has supported poet luminaries such as Kate Tempest. He has a passion for working with zombies and don’t ever dare to the mention ‘Bake Off’ if his Grandma’s in earshot. He has presented BBC 6 Music’s Beat of the Day, is  a regular headliner of Hammer and Tongue nationwide poetry tours, and can usually to be found performing a wide variety of live music and cabaret venues in places as far a field as his town town of Stockport.

Please be aware bad language contained in following video link which some people may find offensive.

Thick will be supported by local hipster folk-popsters Flatland and the Garage Flowers who claim they listen to Tchaikovsky, Randy Newman and Damon Albarn amongst others…can you imagine the symphony of little people played by Gorillaz?

As you can imagine we think this is a perfect Chairhouse Presents event encompassing our mantra of ‘edgy’ with the added draw of having a top quality free meal of your choice included in your ticket price. What’s not to like?

Our friends at the ‘Birds Nest’ have come up with a storming set menu which will enable you to choose a  pie of your choice, to the accompaniment of some creamy mash and gravy liquor all for a magic inclusive gig price of £15 (that’s fifteen punds).

Come and join us for this unique ’poet and a pie night’…………but remember ‘there will be some naughty words guaranteed‘ (Age 16+).

£15 ticket will include entrance fee plus ‘pie meal’ with a choice of the following:
1. Meat pie – beef and Shropshire blue cheese
2. Vegetarian pie – butternut squash
All pies served with mash and a gravy liquor. Craft beers and fine wines available..
A gluten free pie option will also be available for both the meat and vegetarian offer.
Please chose your preferred pie option when booking…
The above options may be subject to change in the event of us being unable to locate any Shropshire blue cheeses..pies…potatoes or liquor!

Bison Log

Thick Richard and Flatlands and Garage Flowers November 19th Birds Nest Café, Shrewsbury Indoor Market.

If I was the manager of a premiership football cub I might be tempted to say something like it feels like poetry is in a bad moment right now. On the one hand we have internal anguish and emotion poets who write out their own personal disappointment and visit it on the self-deserving heads of those soft enough to suffer it, on the other hand we have the shouty pseudo-political stuff that has as much worth as a used and discarded anti-bacterial wipe.

Where is the observant social commentary? Where the word dealt wisely, written and unedited? Well it was here this evening. Thick Richard delivers poetry like a hot pepperoni pizza, heat rising from the box as you lift the lid. On a base of situational comedic life experience poetry lies a topping of spicy wit and tangy observational comment, “carefully selected inappropriate appropriate words” (Temporary Tourettes).

More lyrical observations from our support Flatlands and Garage Flowers. Tony – Telford’s answer to Alex Turner writes great songs with sharp lyrics and his guitar thrash is complimented by Joe’s drumming and Bonnie’s trumpet call; Tony’s gruff tones sweetened by Bonnie’s honeyed voice.

This was a cultural feast that was accompanied by an actual feast of delicious pies from The Bird’s Nest Café.

Photos From The Event – Courtesy of Mr Paul Fuller


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