Who are you?

Who do you want me to be?

As Richard’s grasp on reality crumbles, the fantasies, memories and monsters of his recent relationship materialise in his flat around him, subjecting him to an onslaught of romantic terrorism. 

Babel's first production, and the beginning of our journey into a world of fast paced, emotionally charged, physically adept theatre making. You Must Be is an original, quixotic piece of contemporary theatre about how we love and how we remember. 

This story of a modern day relationship looks at the complicated issues of the nature of memory, personal identity and loss. Focusing largely on the intangible nature of memory, it examines how we might remember an event differently to how it actually occurred.



“An imaginative, touching piece of theatre that aptly says some profound things about the leftovers of a person at the end of a relationship” 
A Younger Theatre

“Despite its ominous title, You Must Be The One To Bury Me is actually quite funny: rich with a well-timed levity… Ambitious, well-acted, well-produced, worthy of a viewing.”
The Reviews Hub

“We certainly have a cast who have more than demonstrated their abilities to deliver this clever and intricate play.”
North West End

“What I find intriguing about Babel’s approach to theatre is that they are clearly interested in telling stories about the contemporary world… At first you think this play is going to be an amiable romance; but it contained more than a drop of poison, if not outright terror.”
Jildy Sauce

“As well as writing and performing Lynch also directs in striking imaginative style… [he] is clearly a talent to watch as a director. The play remains one that audiences should seek out and proves Babel Theatre to be a very welcome addition to the Manchester theatre scene.”
 Manchester Theatre Awards



The Place - Resolutions Festival

'You Must be...' began as a scratch at The Place's acclaimed Resolution Festival for the UK's most exciting contemporary dance and performance artists, where we performed a bold and provocative 15 minute scratch to 300 people. That was very scary.  

The Pleasance 

We were generously supported with 1 year of space, mentoring and scratches as Developing Artists at the Pleasance. We used this time to investigate our physical language in detail and afford ourselves the time to make mistakes and throw things away. 

IYAF Festival - Best OF fest

'You must be...' was programmed as part of the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston and we were delighted by the response from our audience and to go on to win the BEST OF FEST award. 

a new diorama - Incoming Festival

We were thrilled to be programmed at the brilliant Incoming Festival, a festival for the best emerging theatre companies, and were delighted to become Emerging Artists at The New Diorama. 

home - Push Festival

'You must be...' played to sold out audiences and over 500 people as part of HOME's inaugural PUSH fest - A festival for the best theatre makers in the north. And we were just chuffed when they extended their ongoing support to us as associates at HOME.

National Tour 

We did our first tour! It was only a baby one, performing at six venues around the UK. Touring is a strange thing. We really enjoyed meeting new audiences and making new friends in Derby, Nottingham, London, Manchester and Doncaster. 

A Nation's Theatre

We were just overwhelmed and very privileged to be programmed as part The Guardian and Battersea Art Centre's investigation into the State of the Nation's theatre - representing the best of small scale touring theatre. 

And after all that. We put the old girl to bed. 


Creative team

Created by Joseph Lynch, Stephanie Bain and Rea Mole

Stage Manager: Katie Robinson

Lighting Design: Joe Boxshall, Katie Robinson and Joseph Lynch
Lighting Operators: Joe Boxshall, Joel Gatehouse, Alex Carvalho
Sound Design: Joel Gatehouse and Joseph Lynch

Devising Collaborators:
Stephanie Bain, Rea Mole, Wiebke Acton, Tilda O'Grady, Katie Robinson, Joel Gatehouse, Leah Georges, George Bellamy, Danny Kearns