'Dean Bryant directs with a humanity-first approach, illuminating Law’s richly drawn characters and letting them shine – the cast works together so well they feel like a family and their shared, affectionate shorthand is irresistible.'
'A tragi-comic tale about a dysfunctional Asian-Australian family, it’s written with wit and warmth, and satisfyingly realised by a fine cast.'
ABOUT THE SHOW
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. 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 chaotic 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), Diana Lin (Little Emperors) and Charles Wu (Mosquitoes).
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 Asia TOPA 2020
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 29 February at 2pm
Tuesday 3 March at 6.30pm
by Vision Australia
|Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 29 February|
|Saturday 7 March at 2pm|
Cast & Creative
Michelle Lim Davidson
Margot Morales Tanjutco
Composer & Sound Designer
Dressing Torch the Place
Costume designer Kat Chan discusses heightened naturalism, Princess Diana’s maternity dresses, wigs and more.
From MTC Ambassador to Associate Director
Margot Morales Tanjutco was an MTC Ambassador in 2012. Now she's returned to the Company for her first professional theatre job, as Associate Director on Torch the Place.
The Art of Sound
Currently working on Torch the Place, composer and sound designer Clemence Williams reveals how she uses sound to transport audiences through time and place.
Lights, colour and fantasy
Amelia Lever-Davidson sheds light on the task of illuminating Torch the Place.
What could you never throw away?
Torch the Place asks us to find clarity in the clutter of life. We asked playwright Benjamin Law and the cast to tell us about a personal item they could never part with.
Talking stuff with Dean Bryant
Torch the Place director Dean Bryant discusses the world premiere of a production overflowing with ideas.
Torch the Place Programme
Learn more about Benjamin Law’s debut play in our production programme, which can be purchased at the theatre for $2 or downloaded for free online.
Benjamin Law’s debut stage work looks beneath the layers of collected memory to discover the cause of one mother’s affliction.
The intimate details
You may know actor Michala Banas from her onscreen roles in Upper Middle Bogan or McLeod’s Daughters, but her new role is her most personal yet.
Diana Lin returns in dramatic style after a 20-year hiatus from stage and screen.