If you know The Listies from previous outings (The Listies Do Compooters, Earworms, and The Listies 6D) you’ll be familiar with the MO.
Rich (as in Richard Higgins) is the serious one, always out to do right. In this instance, he’s playing the title role in a two-man production of Hamlet after its original cast was wiped out by food poisoning caused by a 400-year-old soft cheese.
Comic foil Matt (Kelly) is the disruptor, determined to turn every incident into a joke.
First seen in 2016, this is the first show The Listies have made in collaboration with director Declan Greene of Melbourne queer theatre outfit Sisters Grimm. It’s an inspired partnership with Greene steering Higgins and Kelly away from loosely linked sketches toward longer but no less chaotic forms of storytelling.
The Listies are playing at the Seymour Centre this week and at Riverside Theatres from July 25-27.