An aerial view of a bed, the intertwined legs of a man and a woman sticking out under the rumpled covers.

SexLiesImprov present:

lying together

A black comedy about sex and deception.

Each show is inspired by an anonymous confession chosen by the audience and completely improvised by award-winning comedians.

Let’s find out why we lie to the people we love.

Tour dates

Feb 2024, Leicester Comedy Festival

March 2024, Leeds

April 2024, Halifax

May 2024, Brighton

Previous shows

September 2023, Doncaster

September 2023, Sheffield

June 2023, Ludlow Fringe

  • Sat 17 Jun 2023
  • 9pm
  • Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Oscars
  • £14

May 2023, Brighton Fringe

  • Sat 28/Sun 29
  • 7pm
  • Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick
  • £5 advance or PWYW

March 2023, Manchester

  • Fri 3 Mar 2023
  • 8pm
  • The Edge Theatre
  • From £13

February 2023, Leicester Comedy Festival

  • Sat 11 Feb 2023
  • 8pm
  • The Big Difference
  • £8

Send your secrets!

Each performance of Lying Together is inspired by a lie told or a secret kept in a real relationship, submitted anonymously by members of the public like you.

You can submit a secret you've kept, a lie someone has told you or something you've heard about from a friend, but weren't personally involved in. All we ask is that you only submit genuine secrets and lies between a couple.

Previous inspirations include:

  • Rachel sat in a shepherd's pie and pretended the dog ate it
  • Alex told Rachel he'd been in a car accident
  • Rachel hid the fact that the wedding she went to was her ex's
  • Alex told Rachel his mum was dead when she wasn't.

Share a secret kept or a lie told in a romantic relationship — it's completely anonymous!

Meet the cast

Alex Keen

A headshot of Alex Keen, a white man in a leather jacket and glasses

Alex co-created, coaches and performs with Stürike Comedy, who have created the shows Teen High: An Improvised High School Movie, Story Time and Fan Friction and host Stürike Second Sunday, a monthly improv night in Sheffield.

Alex co-founded and co-runs the Sheffield Improv Jam, a bi-monthly improv event in Sheffield. He is a welfare officer and teacher at The British Improv Project, a biannual improv retreat in the Midlands. He has performed with The Shrimps, Cambridge Impronauts, The Same Faces and Tiny Stories.

www.alexrkeen.com

Rachel E. Thorn

A headshot of Rachel E. Thorn, a white woman with long blonde hair in a green top

Rachel E. Thorn co-created the five-star sell-out show CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation. She has performed with Cambridge Impronauts, Upstairs Downton and Shrimps.

Rachel's scripted work includes Lovefool and Pro:Creation (shortlisted by the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Writing). She has written for Dead Ringers, The Now Show, DMs Are Open, Newsjack and Breaking The News. Her sketch comedy has been heard on BBC Radio and she's collaborated with impressionists Alistair McGowan, Charlie Hopkinson and Darren Altman. She trained at Drama Studio London.

www.rachelethorn.com

Our history

Alex & Rachel first worked together when they co-created Scriptless In Seattle, which was nominated for Best Improv Show at Leicester Comedy Festival.

When that show concluded, they formed a two-person improv show called Between Us, which was awarded “Act of the Year” by The Phoenix Remix. They went on to create Sex, Lies & Improvisation and now perform Lying Together. They co-created and tour the award-winning, sell-out show MATES: The Improvised ’90s Sitcom with Hugh Clark.

We have taught improvisation in the UK and abroad for:

  • Equity UK
  • Chicago Dramatic Improv Festival
  • British Improv Project
  • The Cambridge Impronauts
  • Nottingham Student Improv Festival
  • Liverpool Comedy Improv
  • Sheffield Improv Jam
  • Making Room at Sheffield Theatres
  • The Same Faces
  • The Shrimps
  • Wayward Souls

Contact us for teaching availability and prices.

Listen to our show

In the SexLiesImprov Podcast, we share recordings of past performances, followed by a chat about what happened in the show and why. For improvisers and muggles alike, it's a peek behind the curtain at how an award-winning improv show comes alive on stage.

Alex and Rachel leaning against a brick wall, smiling at the camera