The Bean Spillers

Farting at a funeral. Calling your teacher ‘Mum’. Farting at your teacher’s funeral then calling the Vicar ‘Mum’! We’ve all heard some juicy gossip, but have you ever wondered if there’s more to the story?

Gigglemug Theatre set out to create a show celebrating something which unites us all: GOSSIP. The Bean Spillers (Sam Cochrane & Alex Prescot) are venturing out on a noble quest to find the silliest story each audience has to offer and turn it into a completely improvised musical extravaganza. The pair regularly perform with members of critically-acclaimed improv troupes such as Showstopper, Mischief Theatre, Baby Wants Candy, Notflix & Austentatious.

The Bean Spillers: The Improvised Musical premiered at Brighton Fringe where the show was nominated for the Balkan/Otherplace Award, since then the production has toured to Ventnor Fringe; Camden Fringe; the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield; The Rondo Theatre, Bath; Chippenham Fringe; Leicester Comedy Festival; The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham; The North Wall, Oxford; The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe; The Birmingham Improv Festival; VAULT Festival, London; The King’s Head, London & The Bristol Improv Theatre. The show received the Offcomm Award for its monthly residency at The Hen & Chickens and made it into The Crush Bar’s pick of VAULT Festival.

In the past The Bean Spillers have performed at numerous balls & events, if you would like to book us for a private function then get in touch!

Winners of the Offcomm Award 2022

Cast & Creatives

Directed by Sam Cochrane & Alex Prescot

Musical Direction by Jordan Clarke, Christopher Ash, Duncan Walsh Atkins, Ed Zanders, Yshani Perinpanayagam, Richard Baker, Amy Hsu, Fraser Parry, Tom Hodge, Ian Towers, Sam Peña, Nicola Chang, Bryan Crook & Sarah Morrison

Produced by Alex Prescot

Improvised Lighting by Julia Miller-Bakewell & Damian Robertson

Publicity by Connor Jatter

Sam Cochrane

Alex Prescot


And now these beans are ours to spill...

  • ‘My great uncle was murdered by his best friend after he won £80 at the bingo’ with Justin Brett
  • ‘I did a poo by the park swings and it made the local paper’ with Katie Pritchard
  • ‘My cousin kept his mum hostage and spent her pension money on drugs’ with Clare Buckingham
  • ‘A friend of a friend followed Beyoncé into a toilet and stole her poo’ with Clare Buckingham
  • ‘When my friend was younger he went into the woods and shoved an ice lolly up his bum’ with Katy Schutte
  • ‘My old driving instructor would regularly fantasise about having a threesome’ with Aisling Groves-McKeown
  • ‘My friend went to visit her sugar daddy in Italy but stayed when she got pregnant’ with Ali James
  • ‘I went on a rescue mission to steal my neighbour’s cat and take it to the RSPCA’ with Ruth Bratt
  • ‘Local celeb Felix the cat ran away from Huddersfield Train Station to live in Halifax’ with Susan Harrison
  • ‘My mum drunkenly fell out of a taxi into her neighbour’s hedge’ with Jon Monie
  • ‘My head teacher got up close and personal with his secretary and was caught by his wife’ with Jon Monie
  • ‘I love to eat cat treats’ with Rebecca MacMillan
  • ‘My husband proposed to me 10 minutes after divorcing his wife’ with Hannah Platts
  • ‘Two of my best friends had babies at the same time, one gorgeous and one… ugly’ with Karen Benjamin
  • ‘My mate ate slug-covered noodles in a bush’ with Karen Benjamin 
  • ‘I matched with my brother on a dating app’ with Charlie Russell
  • ‘I peed in my mate’s beard wash’ with Dr Josie Peters
  • ‘My uncle got fired from the bank for tap dancing so ran away and joined the circus’ with Rhiannon Vivian
  • ‘A man brought his mum on his honeymoon… and was caught being breastfed by her’ with Joy Tan
  • ‘Apparently a particular celebrity chef says his full name in the bedroom when he… you know’ with Francesca Reid
  • ‘A boy at my school ate the science class goldfish’ with Kiki Mikkelsen
  • ‘My grandma went joyriding’ with Emily Jane Kerr
  • ‘A heartthrob at my school had a secret third nipple’ with Natalie Nightingale 
  • ‘When I was in the police force sometimes we would play hide and seek with our police cars’ with Beth Kerridge
  • ‘My mate had to move to Penzance because he has a tail’ with Jon Monie
  • ‘My friend went on and discovered she had 600 cousins’ with Andrew Pugsley
  • ‘My housemate had a meltdown when I bought a new kettle’ with Nancy Zamit
  • ‘When cleaning a tank as part of military service someone accidentally broke my nose with a ramrod’ with Amy Cooke-Hodgson
  • ‘At my uni a group of students would continually flash in the SU photo booths’ with Anna Kemp
  • ‘My friend got fired from Crufts when they were caught taking cocaine’ with Ali James
  • ‘My friend kissed someone in a club who turned out to be a cannibal’ with Charlie Russell
  • ‘My mate drunkenly pooped outside a church’ with Jon Monie
  • ‘My friend got drunk and bought a cow online who went on to send her cheese in the post’ with Jon Monie
  • ‘Apparently someone got caught wearing spandex in the tiger cage at London Zoo’ with Francesca Reid

Nominated for the Balkan/Otherplace Award 2021

Stop, you’re making us blush

"Gloriously silly."

Abi Bliss
The Metro
Scott Matthewman
Musical Theatre Review
Chris Omaweng

"Really funny."

Henry Liston
Heather Jeffery
London Pub Theatres
A Shiny Life For Me
Kim Featherstone
Huddersfield Times

"60 minutes of joy."

Mark Johnson
Beyond The Curtain

"High-quality improvisation."

Brian O'Faolain
What's On Birmingham

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