Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark
By Jessie Qin (Year 7)
On the 18th of July we went to the Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark play. It was on show at the Seymour Centre in the University of Sydney. We all met at the entrance and organised tickets fifteen minutes before the show began, and we sat near the front in the side rows. The play started in an unexpected way; that was when I found out it was a huge parody of the actual play which was super serious and tragic. It was just as immature as the actual Hamlet is serious.
It was literally filled with the lowest yet funniest degree of humour: fart jokes. It was actually quite funny at some point, when they introduced the ‘Brown Plague’, but near the middle, when they introduced Ophelia, it got too cringy for me to handle. Especially when they did that story and song about Ophelia being some sort of undead alien that came from another planet to get revenge on and kill Hamlet, whom she apparently used to love.
Even if the play was cringy and had lots of immature humour in it, there were some really funny parts that I really enjoyed. For example, when ‘Claudius’ totally reacted to Hamlet’s stupid play plan. He actually started to squirt slime guns everywhere and it was hilarious, because he got the children that were called to the stage to act to shoot slime too. And later, at the end of the play, when the actors told us to take a stuffed green doll out from under our seats and chuck them at the stage. Needless to say, everyone started chucking green dolls at the actors. But what made it really funny was that after they finished the play and talked about other things they were going to do, the little kids at the front kept tossing the dolls at them while stealing them from the stage to keep chucking them.
After we left the Seymour Centre, we had lunch at Sappho Books. The café was really vintage, and also sold second-hand books. Of course, my sister Nikki, took advantage of the colours and took a bunch of aesthetic photos with me and Angie. For Instagram, of course. The food was alright for me, but there was a super yummy chocolate ganache that I had for desert. After lunch we had a look upstairs at the books, then embarked on a twenty-minute journey to the train station that felt like half an hour. At the train station we said our goodbyes then departed to enjoy our holidays like normal people.