Woke baes

Today at Q the internet taught us a new phrase. Woke Bae. New to you too? Phew.

A Ghetto ebonic for the word "awake", being ‘woke’ means being aware, knowing what's going on in the community. And ‘bae’ is a shortened version of babe. Think Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. So woke. Such a bae.

Art helps us become woke baes. Art lets us share with each other what it feels like to be a human, here and now. To talk about things that would otherwise be difficult to discuss. And as hip hop legend and legit woke bae Mos Def says, to ‘positively affect and change a social circumstance’.

Which leads me to what is one of the wokest shows I’ve ever seen. The White Guitar couldn’t be more woker if it tried. A father and his sons (baes in their own unique ways) bare their souls and tell their secrets in a gut-wrenchingly honest show about the parts of New Zealand culture you won’t see on a tourism brochure. Violence, drug addiction, prison & gangs. Racism and classism.

We might not enjoy being woke to these darker aspects of our culture, but we need to be if we are to affect change in our communities. And the Luafutu family shows us that there is hope, that healing can happen, and that redemption is possible.
These are real people telling their own true stories. It’s the bravest thing I’ve ever seen.

I encourage all you baes to see this hugely important work of New Zealand art.

From Debs McSmith, Business Development Manager, Q Theatre

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