Torch the Place

Event Cancelled

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.

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, without an interval.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of our audiences, artists and the broader community, Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the cancellation of all remaining performances of Torch the Place, effective from Monday 16 March.

If you have a ticket for this production, you can find further information about your ticketing options here.

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'Makes for a brashly fun night in the theatre'

The Saturday Paper
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'Will make you laugh, cry, and call your mum'

This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'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.'

The Guardian
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'A tragi-comic tale about a dysfunctional Asian-Australian family, it’s written with wit and warmth, and satisfyingly realised by a fine cast.'



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 Max Brown (Glitch), Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Michelle Lim Davidson (An Ideal Husband), Diana Lin (The Farewell) 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

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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
Artwork for Max Brown

Max Brown



Fiona Choi


Michelle Lim Davidson

Michelle Lim Davidson


Artwork for Diana Lin

Diana Lin


Artwork for Charles Wu

Charles Wu


Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant


Artwork for Margot Morales Tanjutco

Margot Morales Tanjutco

Associate Director

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

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Fairfax Studio

100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004