Public event

Join us for a repeat online session of one of our first Coffeelogues: What Acting can tell us about Truth – Therapeutic Life Lessons Learnt in the Rehearsal Room, with Darren Cheek.

We’ve had to reschedule this event. We’ll update this page with details of the new date asap.

We are excited to welcome psychotherapist and actor–writer–director, Relational Spaces’ very own Darren Cheek, to explore the influences of theatre performance and theory on therapy.

Darren will introduce and discuss various performance techniques, insights, exercises and theory from his interactions in the rehearsal room, and the ways in which these experiences have directly impacted on, and continue to implicitly/explicitly inform, his therapeutic practice and theoretical approach.

Date: To be confirmed

Time: 11.15am–1.15pm

Places: limited to 18 participants – no experience necessary

Venue: Online, using Zoom video conferencing

About the topic

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life” – Oscar Wilde

Truth lies at the heart of healthy human living – but also at the heart of great acting practice. In this workshop, Darren Cheek offers us the chance to explore the interplay between those two arenas, and so appreciate both more fully.

Darren has been a professional actor, writer and director for over 20 years. While working alongside countless performers in the rehearsal room, and alongside his regular client base in the therapy room, he works with performers in individual and group therapeutic settings.

Darren continues to be enthralled, inspired and fascinated by just how closely therapeutic theories of ‘healthy/authentic/actualised living’ and performance theories and practices of ‘great/real/true’ acting coexist…

Working in the here and now, being authentic, living in the moment, self-awareness, breath/body and honest emotional communication – these are examples of just some of the explorations regularly taking place in both his therapeutic and theatrical relationships.

In this workshop, through a mixture of experiential exercises, discussions and creative activity, Darren will share some of his key learnings, tools and experiences from these two very enmeshed worlds.

He’ll cover:

  • being in the moment
  • being true – living true
  • working with anxieties
  • working with scripts
  • masks
  • losing the drama/noise/nonsense
  • improvising: saying ‘yes’ not ‘no’
  • curiosity = creativity
  • transitive verbs
  • emotional somatic messaging
  • great acting – great living

The workshop will be of interest to writers, directors, actors and therapists, and everyone curious about what it means to be human.

Participants will come away from this full and energised morning with practical ideas, tools and resources to take directly on into their work with clients, performers and/or themselves!

“The first step to better, is to give up character and use yourself” – Michael Shurtleff

About Darren Cheek

Darren regularly works as an actor, writer and director, as well as an actor–roleplayer, communication trainer and facilitator. He has been actively involved in the writing and development of many new plays since 1997 – as a director, actor, teacher, writer and dramaturg.

With a passionate interest in both classical and contemporary text, Darren specialises in directing new writing for theatre production and to date he has directed over 40 productions, often developing the play with the playwright through dramaturgy, workshops, and rehearsed readings. He is artistic director of Damn Cheek Productions.

Darren also works internationally as an integrative humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor – with adults, children, young people and families. As well as maintaining a busy private practice, Darren works regularly alongside businesses and schools, and has been a tutor/trainer within the NHS for over 20 years.

A core/guest tutor, presenter and trainer, on various courses throughout the UK, Darren also continues to be invited regularly to present and lecture abroad.

About the Coffeelogue

The Coffeelogue is a space where we get together to learn and socialise, meet some new colleagues and find out what others are up to, as well as digest new ideas over coffee and croissant.

The term ‘Coffeelogue’ was coined by Doron and Darren, to depict both causal and deep space that can occur in short and informal settings.

We hope to learn together and from each other in the form of a casual learning community in a friendly atmosphere with the added fun of late morning coffee/tea and pastry.

(And of course for all you health freaks like us there will be alternatives surprises…)

The added bonus is that we structure it as a CPD event so you’ll be able to count it as CPD hours (a CPD certificate will be provided as well).

Booking information

Places are:

  • free for Relational Spaces members
  • £15 for non-members

Relational Spaces members

Book your free spot by emailing us at therapyroomsuk@gmail.com.

Non-members

Places cost £15.

To confirm your booking please email us at therapyroomsuk@gmail.com and we will reply with details of how to pay.

Please use your name + CL3R as reference.

Joining the event

Once you’ve booked your place, we’ll send you a private Zoom invitation.

You will not need to download anything to attend, or be technically savvy. You just need to follow the link (which will open in your web browser).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm regards,

All at Relational Spaces

07848 013 328
07426 336 322

Photo: Doron Levene