Torch the Place

8 February — 21 March 2020

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Benjamin Law makes his playwriting debut with Torch the Place, a poignant modern comedy about finding clarity in the clutter of life.

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'Funny and arresting.'

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‘Real laughs, real pain and real love.’

Sydney Morning Herald (on The Family Law)


Teresa’s mum finds it impossible to let anything go – from grudges to household objects. She thinks of her home as a museum full of irreplaceable treasures. But she’s not really a curator – she’s a hoarder – and her house is enough to give Marie Kondo heart palpitations. When her kids return home to celebrate her 60th birthday, she’s over the moon to have the family back together. But this isn’t a reunion. It’s an intervention.

Celebrated TV writer, Benjamin Law (The Family Law) is one of this country’s brightest literary stars. For his hysterically funny and moving stage premiere, Law employs his effortless self-deprecating wit to spark joy in the clutter and find truth in those crazy moments that bring families closer together.

Renowned director Dean Bryant (The Lady in the Van) brings an irresistible energy to this poignant modern comedy, with a stellar cast including Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Michelle Lim Davidson (An Ideal Husband), and Diana Lin (Little Emperors).


Torch the Place was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.

Presented as part of AsiaTOPA 2020

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  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 29 February at 2pm
Tuesday 3 March at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 29 February
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 7 March at 2pm

Fiona Choi


Michelle Lim Davidson

Michelle Lim Davidson


Artwork for Diana Lin

Diana Lin


Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant


Artwork for Isabel Hudson

Isabel Hudson

Set Designer

Artwork for Kat Chan

Kat Chan

Costume Designer

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Amelia Lever-Davidson

Lighting Designer


Clemence Williams

Composer & Sound Designer

Artwork for Margot Tanjutco

Margot Tanjutco

Associate Director

Fairfax Studio

100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004