Melbourne Theatre Company presents

Torch The Place


By Benjamin Law
Theatre  ·  Australia

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For his hysterically funny and moving stage premiere, Benjamin Law employs his effortless self-deprecating wit to spark joy in the clutter.

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.

Torch the Place features a stellar cast including Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Michelle Lim Davidson (An Ideal Husband), and Diana Lin (Little Emperors).


Warning: Contains sexual references; mature themes; references to mental health issues; frequent coarse language; haze and smoke effects

For detailed information about Torch The Place's content, please see the MTC Production Content Guide


  • Wheelchair access
  • Companion Card
  • Assistive hearing
  • Tactile Tours
  • Audio description
  • Open captioned
Images by: Justin Ridler

Torch the Place was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of MTC's Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.
Supported By
  • Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Next Stage Logo

Cast & Credits


Cast includes
Fiona Choi, Michelle Lim Davidson, Diana Lin, Charles Wu and Max Brown


Dean Bryant
Set Designer
Isabel Hudson
Costume Designer
Kat Chan
Lighting Designer
Amelia Lever-Davidson
Composer & Sound Designer
Clemence Williams
Associate Director
Margot Tanjutco