A new year means there are lots of new and exciting shows, music, albums, comedy and much around the corner and we have an exciting month for you! In true Phoenix Remix tradition we are chatting to lots of different acts all about what they have in store for 2022. Today we talk to improv troupe The Bean Spillers who have some fun shows in store this year.
Hello Bean Spillers tell us all about your improv troupe?
Hey Phoenix Remix! We’re Sam and Alex and we’re ‘The Bean Spillers’. We create full-length improvised musicals based on a single piece of gossip from the audience along with a different special guest each night and an improvising pianist!
How did your troupe come about?
We grew up together in Bath so have known each other since we were babies (our Mums are best pals too!). We started working together on the UK Tour of ‘Timpson: The Musical’ and wanted to make a new project that was comparatively Covid-proof and channeled the multi-roling, fourth-wall breaking fun of Timpson. As we had both performed in improvised musicals at our respective universities, we wanted to explore the idea of doing improv musical with a smaller cast. We also wanted to mix up the format and challenge ourselves which is why we perform with a different special guest performer every show (sometimes who we’ve met only 30 mins before!) which always gives a unique flavour to each performance and keeps us on our toes.
How did you get into improv?
We both did youth theatre together when we were younger and performed in 2 musicals a year, which definitely helped when beginning to make them up on the spot! It felt like a logical next step at uni to go from performing in lots of musicals growing up to starting to improvise them, so that was very much both of our routes in. Also, we have been very lucky with the incredible guests we’ve had so far – we learn loads just from performing a single show with them!
What are your plans improv wise for 2022?
We have a performance at Chippenham Fringe on 12th February, then we’re heading up to Leicester Comedy Festival on 19th February, and have shows to be announced through the rest of the year (…and half an eye on Edinburgh but we shall see!).
What other improv acts are you looking forward to seeing perform online or in person to this year?
We were initially hugely inspired by big improvised musicals like Showstopper and Notflix, so we’re really looking forward to seeing them live again soon. We recently saw HELL YEAH at Hoopla and they were unbelievable, so can’t wait to see them again!
What styles do you hope to see more of in improv this year?
We love seeing players challenge themselves by creating shows which break the improv mould a little bit: unconventional subject matter, quirky ways to involve the audience, casts of all different shapes and sizes. We love being surprised and amazed in equal measure!
What improv troupe is your ones to watch in 2022 and why?
We love the work of our friends These Folk, are keen to see more of the awesome Yes Queens, and we’ve heard great things about Jacuzii.
Do you have any new years resolutions? If so what are they?
Hey now, we’re writing this in November, we dunno yet! (sneak peek behind the scenes there!).
Are you on social media? If so how can people find out more about your troupe?
Yes! We’re @wespillbeans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and we post about upcoming shows, special guests and other gossipy silliness! We also post after every show what the audience gossip was that night, so if you’re looking for a salicious story then look no further!
Three words why people should come and see you this year?
This is wanky as hell but we’re gonna go with the three words from our recent Chortle review – “slick, fun, frivolous”.
Quick Fire Round
The movie or television show you are looking forward to seeing this year?
Pandemonium, Amicable, Lazy Susan – there are some seriously funny, quirky shows coming this year!
Your favourite book?
I remember my friend’s was Lolita and everyone thought she was mental when she told them. So anything but Lolita.
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
The town red.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Different Class – Pulp. It quite literally is.
Where would you love to go on holiday this year?
Holiday? We’re all freelancers, right?
What is your favourite quote from a television show?
“Not you, Naan bread.”
Who is your favourite film character and why?
The main guy in Memento. Can’t remember why.