First Take Workshops

Acting, Writing and Comedy Classes

In York and North Yorkshire

Upcoming Workshops

Acting Workshop with Casting Director Rick Laxton CDG

Auditioning for Comedy Roles 

Location: York

Date TBC

£45 pp

The workshop will focus on auditioning for TV comedy.  Casting Director Rick Laxton will guide you through the process and skills required to approach comedy scripts.  You'll be sent a scene to learn in advance and will receive feedback and guidance on your performance. 

1: 1  With Casting Director Rick Laxton CDG

Career Consultations with a top Casting Director.

Location: York

Date TBC

First Take workshops are offering an amazing opportunity to get career advice from established casting director Rick Laxton (CDG).


The 30 min or one-hour session is your chance to get advice on how to move your career forward and ultimately increase your chances of securing auditions and roles!  Rick will be on hand to give feedback on showreels and headshots, give practical career advice plus answer any questions you may have.

Acting Workshop with Soap Director Ian Bevitt

Auditioning for Soaps

Location: York

Date TBC

Ian is a bafta and RTS award-winning freelance director best known for directing the soaps Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and Hollyoaks. 

This is an exclusive interactive workshop for just 14  participants per class.   ​

Ian will impart his extensive knowledge of the industry. Each participant will work on scenes from TV and he will give direction on how it can be improved.  

Writing Workshop with Rick Laxton CDG

An Introduction to Screenwriting

Location: Rocklands Lodges, Pickering, North Yorkshire

Date TBC

Rick Laxton is a Screenwriter and Casting Director, with over 15 years experience of working in the television industry.  , Rick cut his teeth storylining for Coronation Street.  His debut screenplay went into development within the BBC Comedy Department, which lead to The Pact, a comedy-drama he co-wrote, being broadcast on BBC2.  Rick is now working on original commissions from BBC Studios and Comedy Central and developing other new projects with independent production companies.

In this workshop, Rick will use practical exercises to guide you through the crucial elements of writing for the screen. 

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