Creating new, visceral theatre that gets in between the layers of what we say and what we feel


We all, at times, want to run away. Remove ourselves from society. Where might we run to?

Babel's newest production invites the audience to experience the world of one of Dostoyevsky's notorious characters, only really ever known as: The Underground Man. 

As he drags the audience on an obscure journey through his own analysis of the human psyche in a tantalisingly strange landscape blitzed with stunning images, deliciously obscure text and a penchant for the ridiculous, he and audience members along with him are forced to question their places in today's society. 

Commissioned by HOME and developed as part of their Russian season for Autumn 2017, marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution.

Underground will premiere at HOME in November 2017



Created by Joseph Lynch

Producer: Hannah Ellis
Associate Director: Sam Ward

Devising Collaborators:
Wiebke Acton, Christopher Finnegan, Sophie Giddens, Kayleigh Hawkins, Tilda O'Grady, Sam Ward, Owen Rafferty


More info soon



This page is under development and will be updated regularly!

the novel

The apology and confession of a minor mid-19th-century Russian official. Notes from the Underground is a half-desperate, half-mocking political critique and a powerful, at times absurdly comical account of a man's breakaway from society and descent 'underground'.




“I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.”
“To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise”
“an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything”
“in despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one’s position.”

NOTES from the first reading