The Listies – Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Are you looking for family entertainment to wrap up the school holidays? The Listies new live show, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, is a cheeky Shakespearean-based romp the kids will love!

We attended a performance at the Dolphin Theatre, based at UWA, a cosy venue where the audience feels close to the action. Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark starts with Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins from The Listies dressed as ushers. They move about the theatre, interacting with the audience, making sure everyone is settled in ready for the show. They then announce the performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is about to start… except there are no actors! They’ve all fallen mysteriously ill with “The Brown Plague”. Rather than disappoint the audience or miss an opportunity to perform, the two men decide to put on the show themselves. Only, Rich discovers he has just an hour to perform before he too will be struck down by the same illness. And so the hilarity begins!

Richard takes on the role of Hamlet and explains the story while Matt fills in a number of other roles, including Hamlet’s wicked uncle and his mother, Queen Gertrude. Along the way, they are joined by their “stage manager”, Fran. She jumps in for the part of Ophelia, Hamlet’s love interest, and she performs a rock ‘n’ roll Disney princess-style song.

The story takes many twists and turns, and we can assure you that you don’t have to know the original play to enjoy the performance. For example, the show features things kids love such as ghosts, castles, sword fights, bodily fluids and more! Without spoiling the experience too much, be prepared for audience interaction and the possibility of getting wet. We’d suggest sitting right at the back of the theatre to reduce the risk of the latter. 😉

The ending is not your traditional Hamlet ending. It’s less serious and more slapstick. The only thing we can be sure of is that everyone dies at the end – including the audience! But not for real life, of course. In other words, the kids will love it!

Miss 7 was buzzing about attending Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark before it started. She knew Matt and Richard from The Listies from their ABC Me TV show, Art Blast. Art Blast is where comedy and education deliciously combine. Rich brings the smart, sensible art facts while Matt brings the silliness and fart jokes.

The Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark runs in a similar vein. Richard drives the show with the story. He explains how Shakespeare wrote certain parts of the play, while Matt cracks us up with pratfalls, poo jokes and going off book from the original story. They are a perfect comedy double act. Fran helps push the story further out of the box with changing up Ophelia’s role. Why *should* the girl have to go mad and end up in a nunnery?

Miss 7 adored the whole shebang. She fell out of her seat laughing and was bursting to take part in audience participation. The suggested age for the show is 5+. Kindy age to early teens attended our session with their adults. In addition, what makes this show even more awesome is the humour. It doesn’t just appeal to the kids. The guys cleverly weave in some jokes for the adults that will go over children’s heads. Likewise, they poke fun at the adults occasionally to crack up the kids. This in turn makes us laugh at ourselves (looking at you, Dad’s on Tik Tok!).

After the show, both Matt and Richard were outside the theatre selling and signing merch. Miss 7 couldn’t wait to tell them how much she also loves Art Blast and to quote bits of the show. She was thrilled when Matt sang some back to her. They are genuinely lovely people as well as great entertainers.

In conclusion, I can’t remember when we last laughed so much. We’ll be looking out for The Listies next tour through Perth and WA. They provide great family entertainment and we hope to see more of it.


Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Now playing in Perth at the Dolphin Theatre – UWA, 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.

Shows run in Perth from 6 – 9 October, 11am and 2pm daily.

Tickets are available from $25.

For specific access and seating requirements, including wheelchair tickets, please contact TicketsWA on or 08 6488 2440, 12pm – 4pm weekdays.


Regional WA shows are also available.


Albany Entertainment Centre. Book tickets here.


Goldfields Arts Centre. Book tickets here.

About Holly Clark

Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen

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