Four Woke Baes

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Belly Button
  • 17:05
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Hidden People and Something for the Weekend
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Multi award-winning US playwright Jonathan Caren's razor-sharp dark comedy follows four friends on a river-rafting stag party that's turned upside down when a mysterious woman kayaks ashore. Groom-to-be, Dez, comes to question the very nature of love and monogamy over the course of a long night's drinking, fire-building and s'more-making. Rifles are drawn, stripteases danced and secrets unearthed as the quartet of friends comes together and falls apart. Cynical and raw, hilarious and squirm-inducing, the play asks just how liberal "woke" boys really are when they're alone together, out in nature, beers in hand.

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  • Accessible entry: There are 16 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
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Angelina Smolynec 84 days ago

Agree with many other reviews - such amazing actors in this show. I felt as if I was camping with them, not watching them perform. When the story would twist & turn, I felt captivated, tugged along for the journey. And the story itself - a very relevant take on modern relationships, monogamy, intimacy, and friendship. Cannot recommend this show enough.

Jamie Turner 89 days ago

This was great! Really engaging, funny and thought provoking. Go see it!!

Kendell Shaffer 89 days ago

One of the funniest plays I have seen. The actors were so great and believable and worked really well off each other. There were so many real moments and twists in this story. It was as emotional as it was funny. Highly recommend!

Aparna 95 days ago

Well....the title had put me off but I am SO glad I was persuaded to see this. It is cleverly written and very well performed. The characters are all very human and real; you see all sides of their characters and you recognise parts of yourself up there on the stage.

Sean Davis 97 days ago

Four Woke Baes (****)
A fellow and his three buddies camped out for his stag party find that they must share their campsite with an attractive, feminist woman who has very strong opinions about sex and relationships in general. Though this is a well trodden path, the acting is superb with each character providing a distinct, credible view of the topics at hand. I liked how a rifle served many purposes in the plot.

This was the 14th most enjoyable of the 69 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

william greer 97 days ago

The script was so tight. I laughed and questioned my own beliefs all the way. My wife came with me. She felt like the male characters were actually more female driven in behavior and thought. A wonderful evening out. Everyone should see this.

Andrea H 100 days ago

What a lovely time! I thoroughly enjoyed playwright Jonathan Caren's work here and the performances are all very finely honed and shared. Great fun, intriguing character developments, questions about how we integrate our gender roles...come see this show!!! A wonderful addition to Fringe 2019!!

Jimmy 101 days ago

Hilarious and Provocative. A must see for anyone in a relationship with another person, or even just themselves. Witty. Highly Recommended!

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

Don’t go and see this with your significant other. American writer Jonathan Caren’s five-handed comedy, set during a stag-do – sorry, bachelor party – camping trip, is a playful and provocative dissection of marriage and monogamy. It knows how to needle you. Four friends – Dez, Sean, Andre and Boardman...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

Four men on a stag-do sail some way up s**t creek in Four Woke Baes, Jonathan Caren's nimble and constantly entertaining dark comedy which runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. The piece follows four friends who embark on a seemingly innocent river-rafting adventure ahead of groom-to-be Dez's nuptials. Due to a...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

For about twenty minutes, this really is extraordinary stuff. Four friends on a decidedly middle class outdoorsy stag do camp in the wrong place. A solo female kayaker arrives to claim her rightful spot, but their (albeit polite) sense of entitlement means they end up sharing. But she’s no pushover,...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

At various points during Jonathan Caren’s new play (set at a bachelor party on the Colorado River) the simmering tension the writer and his cast work hard to sustain threatens to boil over. The script even includes its own backwoods equivalent of Chekhov’s gun: a hunting rifle that gets waved...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

This terrifically enjoyable premiere production of American playwright Jonathan Caren’s new comedy has something of a party vibe about it. ...

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

This is a highly crafted hilarious play in a superb production. Four guys are on a stag trip camping in the woods when an attractive girl turns up. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Stag parties are where masculinity supposedly reveals itself, red in tooth and claw. Des’s stag do – OK, “bachelor party” – unfolds on a campsite on the Colorado river. With three friends, he’s toasting his imminent marriage – and pretty wholesomely, although his singleton pal Boardman punctures the innocence when...

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Witty, honest comedy of self-discovery...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

Four Woke Baes begins like a bromance Hollywood movie – think The Hangover or Grown Ups. Four American straight men go on a stag weekend-cum-camping trip before protagonist Des’s wedding. It’s all cheesy jokes and masculine banter until the unexpected arrival of lone traveller Emma disrupts the men’s night of...

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