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: Theatre@41 Monkgate York

DATE Sat 28th August

12.30pm - 15.30pm

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. 

Acting Workshop with
Casting Director Rick Laxton CDG
Auditioning for Small roles
Location: Theatre@41 Monkgate York

DATE Sat 28th August

16.00pm - 19.00pm

The workshop will focus on auditioning for small roles for TV. They’re often the first TV credit actors gain, and many actors audition for parts of this size throughout their careers

1: 1  With Casting Director Rick Laxton CDG

Career Consultations with a top Casting Director.

Location: York

DATE Wed 8th or Thurs 9th Sept -  Times will be allocated.

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.

Writing Workshop with Rick Laxton CDG

An Introduction to Screenwriting

Location: 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. 

Thank you to our past practitioners

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Ruth Carney


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Seth Mason

Casting Associate

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Alex Pristley


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Ian Puleston-Davies



Rick Laxton

Casting Director/ Writer


Kate Smurthwaite

Stand-up Comedian



Reece Dinsdale


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