Public event

Join us for our 3rd Coffeelogue event: What Acting can teach us about Truth – Therapeutic Life Lessons Learnt in the Rehearsal Room, with Darren Cheek.

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.

The morning session has now sold out, so we’ve added an afternoon session.

Date: Saturday 12 January 2019

Time (morning session): 10.30am–12.30pm (sold out)

Time (afternoon session): 2pm–4.30pm

Venue: Room 2, Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7NQ

About the topic

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

Darren has been working as a professional actor, writer and director for over 20 years. While working alongside countless performers in the rehearsal room, and alongside his regular therapeutic client base, he also 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.

With 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:

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

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).


Morning session (sold out)

10am–10.30am: Coffee/croissant/meet etc

10.30am–11.45am: Presentation

11.45am–12.30pm: Discussion

Afternoon session

2pm–2.30pm: Coffee/croissant/meet etc

2.30pm–3.45pm: Presentation

3.45pm–4.30pm: Discussion

Booking information

Places are:

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

Relational Spaces members

The morning session has now sold out.

Book your free spot for the afternoon session by emailing us at


Places cost £15.

The morning session has now sold out.

To confirm your booking for the afternoon session please email us at and we will reply with details of how to pay.

Please use your name + CL3b as reference.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm regards,

Darren, Dianne, Doron and Cressy

07848 013 328
07426 336 322

Photo: Doron Levene