Public event

Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.

Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater

With: Dianne Levene and Darren Cheek

Date: to be confirmed

Time: 11am–4.15pm

Venue:  37–41 Gower Street, London WC1E 6HH

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Please note: this event was previously scheduled for 15 March 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are rescheduling the event – date TBC. We will update this page with details of the new date and time as soon as we can.

About the topic

This day-long workshop welcomes with open arms and open hearts anyone interested in playing, improvising and/or experimenting with being in touch with their inner/free child: “There are no mistakes – only opportunities!”

So please come and join in – whether you have been to a previous workshop, or this is your first!

Building on our first two improv workshops led by Meghan Fulton (with Darren) in 2019, Dianne and Darren will use this day to slow things down, building on the playfulness and spontaneity of the first two workshops – whilst growing the deeper, more reflective, spaces in between. 

Having the full day in our usual relaxed and very safe environment will allow a gentler-paced space for all the usual creative free-child play, laughter and silliness – alongside opportunities for deeper, more mindful, explorations. 

A practical and experiential day of exercises and games

On the surface, these exercises may sometimes seem silly and disconnected from the serious work of psychotherapy. However, the underlying wish of these games is to free ourselves up so that we may bring more playfulness, spontaneity, creativity and compassion into working with new and varied choices in the therapy room – and not only getting out of our own sensible, self-editing minds but encouraging our clients to do so too.

Dianne and Darren are passionately interested in how improv can aid therapeutic work and vice-versa in terms of how we respond to each other. Drawing on parallels between therapy and improvisation, this day will explore questions and themes through a series of fun and silly practical improv exercises and games, as well as allowing plenty of space for discussions, explorations and reflections.

And, of course, the flexibility/creativity that improv demands also means that we may well – together – spontaneously create new journeys and pathways (that were not originally planned) on the day!

“To practise any art, no matter how ‘well’ or ‘badly’, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

About Darren Cheek

Improvising formally, informally and in so many ways in between – since he began jive dancing in the womb – Darren regularly works as an actor, writer and director, as well as an actor-roleplayer, communication trainer and facilitator. 

Over the years Darren has designed and delivered a vast array of performance art and therapeutic workshops both in the UK and abroad, for all ages, including:

  • improv
  • clown
  • mask
  • acting technique(s)
  • releasing creativity
  • “What Acting can Teach us about Truth”
  • a series of workshops called “Serious Fun!”

Darren also specialises in directing new writing for theatre production. He has directed over 40 productions, often developing the play with the playwright and performers through improvisation, dramaturgy, workshops and rehearsed readings.  

Darren 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 23 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.

Artistic Director of Damn Cheek, Darren continues to explore the relationships between politics, social conscience, therapy and theatre, and is a passionate advocate of the ‘ripple effect’.

About Dianne Levene

Dianne is an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor who trained at the Chiron Body Psychotherapy Centre in Ealing. She is also an EMDR-accredited practitioner.

After a profound experience earlier in her life, she became interested in the questions:

  • ‘What stops us from loving?’
  • ‘Why do we cause each other and ourselves so much pain?’ 

She came to the conclusion that it was because we were nursing painful past experiences, often unconsciously, as well as holding on to limiting belief systems, which cut us off from the source of love within us.

She became curious about how these wounds can rule our lives and so decided to train as a counsellor and later as a psychotherapist.

Dianne has run a wide range of workshops over the years:

  • using the creative arts
  • counselling young people with challenging behaviour
  • working within a therapeutic community for women who self harm
  • relationship workshops for children in schools
  • working with people with an offending history.

About the day

Please wear comfy clothes – we may be moving physically (but gently!)

We ask that you bring your own lunch (hopefully we will all eat together). We will of course provide tea coffee and biccys etc!

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

Programme

10.50am: Arrival

11am–1pm: Part 1

1pm–1.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm–3.45pm: Part 2

3.45pm–4.15pm: Tea, biccys and check-out reflections

Booking information

Please note: this event was previously scheduled for 15 March 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are rescheduling the event – date TBC. We will update this page with details of the new date and time as soon as we can.

Places cost:

  • £40 for Relational Spaces members
  • £50 for non-members

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 + improv3 as reference.

Cancellation policy

Please note we do not offer refunds for our events. However, if you ask to cancel your booking more than 7 days before the event, you’ll receive a one-time use (no-cancellation) credit for a future event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm regards,

Darren, Dianne, Doron, Cressy and Naomi

07848 013 328
07426 336 322

Image by Doron Levene.