Public event

If you missed the original event on 1 July, fear not: Darren is back! Join us online as Relational Spaces’ Darren Cheek performs an online dramatic reading of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman, part of the Buxton Festival Fringe.


  • Thursday 16 July 2020
  • 8.30pm


  • Online, via Zoom (you will not need to download any software to take part)

More info

Back by popular demand for a 2nd outing, this play reading is organised by Darren Cheek’s theatre company Damn Cheek, and is directed by Willie Elliott.

After the reading, you’ll have the chance to ask Darren and Willie questions in a Q&A session.

To reserve your place, simply email Damn Cheek directly. They’ll send you details of how to join nearer the time.

From Damn Cheek’s website:

Building on our run of lockdown successes, Damn Cheek’s latest outing is a reading of Kelvin Segger’s dramatisation of Gogol’s celebrated short story.

Disturbing, dark and funny by turns, this one-man show follows our protagonist’s diarised descent into insanity.

Diary of a Madman portrays a savage fall through anxiety, paranoia, hallucination and delusion into the depths of psychotic breakdown. Gogol’s consideration of what we deem as ‘madness’, the mapping of symptoms, the subjective experience of mental illness, the unshakable nature of delusion: all of these are as relevant today as they were in 1835.

We hope to see you online!

All at Relational Spaces.

Photo by Nick Coleman on Unsplash.