Lights, camera, action! Volunteer character actors needed for Film Festival opening night

Some Like it Hot – Friday 16 March 2018, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1959 classic Some Like it Hot as the opening night event of the Winter Gardens Film Festival.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event
This event cinema screening takes place in the Grand Foyer of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens. The venue will be set up as a late 1920’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival in the secret speakeasy and a 1920’s style party with a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1920’s nightclub and speakeasy will be based in the Opera House entrance, Cocktail Bar and the Grand Foyer.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script. Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable 1920’s clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the film
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates
You will need to attend a workshop session before the event, we will give you date options after you have signed up.

Show date: Friday 16 March 2018 – 6pm until late

About the film

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Director:Billy Wilder
  • Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women – yet.

About the Winter Gardens Film Festival
Since 2014, the Winter Gardens Film Festival has showcased the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 25 January 2018*.

For any more information, please send us an email.


  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.
  • This is a callout for people to take part in an immersive live cinema event – it’s not about being in a film!
  • *Due to the large amount of interest, we’ve brought the closing date forward to 25 January 2018.


  1. Oh yes please 😍 I came to the last 1920s film event and it was a brill night would love to get involved an my mum and aunty are game too whom came last time X

  2. Hi
    As 30s/40s re enactor I could source a coustume if non in my size 14

    • Hi Victoria,
      If you can follow the sign-up link in the post, we’ll get in touch.

  3. My daughter will be 18 on 26 March and she is the biggest fan of the 20’s so this would be a dream come true and the best 18th present ever. As for me check out my Facebook profile pic to see my 20’s inspired look. We would love a chance to be involved.

    • Hello Cheryl
      Please follow the sign-up link in the post and we’ll get in touch.

  4. Hi,I am very interested in taking part. I do have previous acting experience as part of local theatre groups and love the 1920s!

  5. Yes I would love to take part would be a dream for me to be on a film 🎥

    • Hi Aisha,
      This will be character acting as part of a live cinema event, not a film. If you’re still interested, please follow the sign-up link in the post, we’ll get in touch.

  6. Can’t find the on line form ???

  7. When will the would-be volunteers be informed about whether their applications were successful?

  8. Great, have done online application and see many friends have done previously and further applying for next year too. Can supply own costume and we dance

  9. Sounds fun, sign me up

  10. Hi Stevie
    Thanks for your kind words on your blog. We’ll be in touch with all applicants at the end of the month. Let us reassure you that all ages are welcome, we’ve had people ranging from 17 yrs to 82 yrs taking part in our previous events. It’s always lots of fun!

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