First Take Workshops

I am Andrea Watson; an actress, a stand-up comedian, and a writer living in York and I run First Take Workshops.

I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an actress at the tender age of 40!  Trouble was, I had no idea how to get started.  I met fellow actors who felt the same way, we were lost and didn't know how to move forward. 

I set up First Take initially as the name of my own production company.  I wrote short scenes and plays for our small group of actors to practice on, these soon became short films for our first showreels.


We were eager to learn, so I began to invite industry professionals to come and teach us acting classes and how to audition and thus First Take Workshops was born in 2017.

Since then the group has grown and we are now a strong network of professional actors who support each other's career development and training.   As my career expanded into comedy so too did the range of workshops.

Last year we welcomed casting directors Rick Laxton, Seth Mason, plus director, and actor Reece Dinsdale.  Comedian Kate Smurthwaite has taught us stand-up comedy writing and Jane Thornton taught acting for the theatre.    

I was frequently asked for younger workshops so in 2018 we began running  Junior Workshops for children aged 11 - 17.

In 2020 we will be welcoming soap director Ian Bevitt and comedy guru Logan Murray for a comedy Bootcamp in Pickering.   We shall also be launching our first writing workshops with Rick Laxton leading a writers retreat in Pickering on how to write a screenplay. Many more exciting projects are in the pipeline.

My ethos is to keep the workshops small in size so you can really work and not get lost in a large group.  The workshops, therefore, do tend to sell out quite quickly.  I do repeat them regularly so as many people can enjoy them as possible

Our aim is to grow our skills, network, and produce our own quality theatre and film projects.  I am so proud of all of the actors and comedians I have met since starting this workshop group and as cliched as it sounds my life really did start at 40!

If you would like to be a part of the workshops please join the mailing list so you can be the first to hear about the exciting classes 48 hours before they get launched on social media.