First Take Workshops

Acting, Writing and Comedy Classes

In York and North Yorkshire

Upcoming Workshops

Finding Your Superpower As An Actor!
with Union Management Acting Agent and Coach Danny Clifton And Life Coach Ashley Sutherland

Location: Zoom

DATE : Sun 18th July

An online Actors Retreat:    The world  is  beginning to open up again and new opportunities are presenting themselves yet many actors haven't worked for a while.   You may feel that you confidence has taken a hit or you may feel anxious about starting again.   Maybe your looking to break into acting.  Join us for this unique online retreat and invest time into your your career.   Inject confidence and unstoppable belief, release your blocks and learn how to become your own agent and gatekeeper.

Acting Workshop
with Soap Director Ian Bevitt
Auditioning for Soaps
Location: Stableside - York

DATE : Sat 31st July

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


Ian will impart his extensive knowledge of the industry. Each participant will work on a mock audition and learn about auditiioning for soaps

Acting Workshop with

Casting Director Rick Laxton CDG

Auditioning for Comedy Roles 

Location: York


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


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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