Quiz is one of the hottest plays on in the West End right now. Transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre, it is an immersive experience which examines the conviction of ‘the coughing Major’, Charles Ingram, following his appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Lizzie Winkler plays a variety of roles in the show and sat down to talk about that experience as well as who she would share a million pounds with…
Can you tell me a little about Quiz and your role in it?
I play the most characters, ranging from real people Claudia Rosencrantz (head of light entertainment for ITV), Ruth Settle (head of marketing for the show), Alyn Morris (cough doctor), to characters whose names I’ve been allowed to make up, police officer (PC Jill Salmon) attractive assistants (Denise Body and Kirsty Sparkle), Pregnant Juror (Alison De Winter), Court Stenographer (Linda Bland). I really enjoy creating characters’ back stories and histories even if they don’t have lines.
What do you think people will be saying as they leave the theatre after experiencing Quiz?
“What did you vote?” “Do you think they are innocent?” and hopefully “that was amazing.”
Can you sum up the play in five words?
Entertaining, interactive, thought-provoking, political, human.
What has your favourite immersive/interactive theatrical experience been?
All the Punchdrunk shows.
If you won Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? who would you share your money with?
Whoever asked the nicest.
If you had a magic wand, which show would you do next?
I write television comedy with Emma Jerrold. I would get one of our shows commissioned and be in it.
Finally, what’s your number one piece of advice for aspiring performers?
Be yourself and work hard!
Quiz runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until 16 June 2018