Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark
Important Update: Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark rescheduled to 3 & 4 September 2021
Important Update: In line with NSW Health advice, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is temporarily closed to the public until at least 11.59pm Friday 9 July. Hence, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark on 29 & 30 June has been rescheduled to 3 September 6pm and 4 September 10am & 1pm.
All existing ticket holders will be contacted via email with an update and options – please keep an eye on your email inboxes. In this unprecedented situation, our Box Office is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and we are working to be as responsive as possible. We ask that you please wait for us to get in touch, and please bear with us as we work through our lists.
A Badaptation of the Bard. Created by Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly and Declan Greene.
Join the maestros of children’s comedy, The Listies, as they head to The Joan for the very first time these Winter School Holidays to bring you their multi award-winning, side-splitting badaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play.
Cheeky, clever, utterly irreverent and made especially for children, this is the Bard as you never imagined possible! In true Listies style, the hilarious duo has pulled apart Hamlet and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, silliness and plenty of interactivity.
Hamlet is already full of things children love in a good story: ghosts, castles, sword fights, bodily fluids and spooky stuff. Add to the mix some super-sonic gags and expertly timed stage magic unlike anything kids have seen before and you have a brilliantly disguised Shakespearean tragedy for the whole family!
And that’s not all…expect bonus pillow fights, pirates, ninjas, ninja pirates, aliens, ninja pirate aliens, zombies and a bunch of other hilarious stuff as The Listies take kids and their adults on a fun-filled hour of theatre. The only thing we can be sure of is that everyone dies at the end – including the audience!
A perfect introduction to Shakespeare and theatre for children, this production will captivate the young and young at heart.
Suitable for: Ages 5+ and their families
Groups: Suitable for Vacation Care and Home School Groups, aged 5+ and their supervisors
We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.
SHAKESPEARE TIME TRAVELLER PASSPORT COMPETITION
Unfortunately, in light of the current health orders put in place by the NSW Government, the Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport competition is unable to go ahead as first intended at this time. We are working towards bringing it to you in an altered and safe capacity. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
Become a Shakespeare Time Traveller and join us on our literary journey with fantastic ‘travel stop’ activities to enjoy for ages 5 – 14 years old, in June and July!
- Grab a ‘Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport’ from any Penrith City Library Branch or from The Joan to get started today!
- Collect a passport sticker or code number from each ‘travel stop’ activity.
- Complete three or more activities, then submit your passport into the prize draw at any Penrith Library branch to win one of five great prize packs! Hurry – Entries close Friday 9 July, 2021 at 5pm. Click here to download the Terms and Conditions.
- Check out all the ‘travel stops’ here and get started now!
We have five incredible prize packs to giveaway, thanks to our friends at Critical Stages Touring, The Listies and Allen & Unwin. Each pack includes:
- 1 x Ickypedia or Ickyfoodia book by The Listies (selected at random);
- 1 x The Listies Make You LOL DVD; and
- 1 x The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard and Other Dramatic Tales book by Gregory Rogers.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Cast & Creatives
Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly and Declan Greene / Creators
Declan Greene / Director
Renée Mulder / Designer
Verity Hampson / Lighting Designer
Jed Palmer / Composer and Sound Designer
Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly and Monica Kumar / Cast
03 Sep 2021 6:00 pm
04 Sep 2021 10:00 am
04 Sep 2021 1:00 pm
HOME SCHOOL GROUPS
(1 free supervisor per 10 children)
The Q Theatre is fitted with a hearing loop for patrons with impaired hearing. A map indicating the best seats for hearing loop access can be downloaded here.
Our theatres are all equipped with space for wheelchairs with strong sight lines and easy access.
Vacation Care and Home School Bookings and Resources
Vacation Care and Home School Group Performances
Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark is recommended for Vacation Care and Home School Groups, aged 5+ and their supervisors. The performances include:
Tuesday 29 June at 2pm and 6pm
Wednesday 30 June at 10am and 2pm
60 minutes (No interval plus a 15-minute Q&A following the performance on Wednesday 30 June at 10am)
To book this production for your Vacation Care or Home School Group, please click here and complete our School Holidays Booking Form.
To discuss your groups booking further, please contact Box Office on (02) 4723 7600 or email@example.com
Click here to download the Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark NSW Curriculum Links
Teachers Resource Kit
Click here to download the Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark Teachers Resource Kit
A Handy Guide to Attending the Theatre
Attending the theatre is a magical and exciting experience for all ages. For some of your students, an excursion to The Joan may be their first time seeing live theatre. To ensure you have a positive and memorable time, we have put together a Handy Guide of tips to discuss with your students prior to attending a show.
The Listies are Richard Higgins and Matthew Kelly, a comedy double act who are serious about being silly. They formed during the latest Ice Age (2008) to perform absurdist comedy to elderly people (i.e. 18+) but switched to full time kids comedy in 2011, and finding it to be a wondrous and rewarding sphere full of joy, never looked back (plus the hours are heaps better).
To date, they have claimed to have written nine-ish award-winning and critically acclaimed live shows, collaborated with most major theatre companies and festivals in Australia, toured 3 continents, recorded three albums, and published two books with Penguin – and they have 4 books on the way. Though we only have their word for it.
On Australian television you can see them on ABC with their show The Listies Work For Peanuts, their music video Wash Your Hands (with Zoe Coombs Marr and muso Ryan Ritchie) and occasionally in the background of outside weather broadcasts.
In 2019, they performed over 120 shows to tens of thousands of people all over Australia. Nearly all of them stayed awake and only some of them vomited. Recently, in what may have been an administrative error, they won the Edinburgh Festival’s ‘Primary Times Award for Best Production for Children’.
In the past, The Listies have received a Sydney Theatre Award, ‘The HarperCollins Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book’, and the Best Independent show (Golden Gibbo Award) at Melbourne Comedy Festival, (and they are still the only kids act to have been nommed for the Comedy Festival’s ‘Best Show’ Award). What can we say – the bribery seems to have worked.
They are currently working on new books and working on their fourth album The Listies Musical Owl-Bum.
★★★★ “If you want your kids to have fun at the theatre and fall for all its magic, get them to a Listies show as soon as possible…Nobody else makes Shakespeare this fun.” – Daily Review
★★★★ “this is Hamlet with everything you could have wanted and more, and it’s the perfect way to introduce a young person o the magic and chaos of theatre, as well as to the work of Shakespeare.” – ArtsHub
★★★★ “One of the funniest introductions to Shakespeare imaginable.” – Sunday Telegraph
“In short, it’s hilarious.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Funny, entertaining and full of energy and imagination.” – Stage Whispers
2019 Won Edinburgh Fringe ‘Primary Times Choice Award’
2016 Nominated Best Children’s Show Sydney Critics Award
2016 Won The HarperCollins Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
2015 Nominated Best Ensemble Green Room Awards
2013 Won Best Production for Children, Sydney Theatre Awards
2010 Nominated Best Show, “The Barry” Melbourne Comedy Festival
2010 Nominated Best Emerging Comedians Adelaide Fringe
2009 Won Golden Gibbo Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Won Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Producers
Total Sell Outs Melbourne Comedy Festival 2019
Total Sell Outs Edinburgh Fringe 2019, 2017, 2016
Click here to download a copy of The Listies colouring-in activity sheet. Print it out and get creative with pencils, crayons and textas.
Get a taste of The Listies with these hilarious teaser videos:
To Be or Not to Be
Click here to visit The Listies Youtube Channel for more videos!
A COVID-19 Safety Message
The Joan is a registered COVID Safe venue and is following strict NSW Government guidelines and expert public health advice. Your health and safety is our priority.
Please click here to view our full COVID Safe Plan and our new ticketing Terms and Conditions.
Please note safety measures may change. We regularly update our processes based on the latest government advice.
In accordance with the recent update to NSW Health regulations, The Joan is operating at 100% capacity from 29 March 2021.
There will be no vacant seats between bookings in seated indoor venues for all events at The Joan from 29 March 2021.
It is the responsibility of every individual to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have experienced cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days, have a temperature and/or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, it is our right to refuse you entry into our venue. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is extremely important to us. Please contact us before your event if any of the above applies to you.
We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.
For more information on how you can help us keep our community safe, please click here.
Originally commissioned and first produced at Wharf 1 Theatre by Sydney Theatre Company. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.