Public event

After a long absence, our Pluralogues are back! Pre-pandemic, this session on ‘Improv’ proved to be our most popular event.

Previous participants have said it had been a long time since they’d laughed so much, and the experience had freed them up to respond more imaginatively with their clients – “A rare and wonderful experience.”

With: Darren Cheek

Date: Sunday 14 May 2023

Time: 2.30pm–5pm

Venue:  Psychosynthesis Trust, 92–94 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TH

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About the topic

‘Improv’ is performing without preparation. It means responding not just to what’s happening in the immediate environment, but also to our feelings. We’re all improvisers – we have to improvise every day.

Yet all too often we don’t improvise. We remain stuck, missing our own and each other’s cues, cries, gestures, gifts, laughter, demands, gratitudes and holding. We stay in denial, avoid grief and loss, miss out on joy.

This workshop is a practical and experiential session of exercises and games in a safe, supportive, fun and creative environment. The exercises help us to free ourselves up. To help us get out of our own sensible, self-editing minds.

Although on the one hand, these exercises may seem silly and disconnected from the serious work of psychotherapy, 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.

No prior experience of Improv is necessary for this gentle, fun and relaxed session. The session is an invitation to simply step in and enter as much or as little as you like, at your own level and experience, and in a way that you are comfortable. Just bring your curiosity, and ensure you invite your inner child along too!

About Darren Cheek

With an often Tigger-like energy, Darren is an experienced improvisor and improvisation facilitator, and a passionate advocate of ‘Freeing the Inner Child’, ‘Play for Play’s Sake’, ‘Creativity for Creativity’s Sake’ and ‘Art for Heartsake’.

Artistic Director of Damn Cheek Productions, 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 improvisation or devising, dramaturgy, workshops and rehearsed readings.

Darren works internationally as an integrative humanistic psychotherapist, and also runs a busy private practice at our London Bridge rooms – working with adults, children, young people and families. 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 – currently delivering a series of workshops on Psychological Safety in the Workplace.

Booking information

Places cost:

  • £25 for Relational Spaces members
  • £30 for non-members

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

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,

Dianne, Doron, Cressy and Darren

07426 336 322

Image by Doron Levene.