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Shot Bro - Confessions of a Depressed Bullet


Sun 27 May 2018, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Where: Beach Haven Hall, 336 Rangatira Road, Beach Haven, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: gillsaker

Coming to Kaipatiki, a free performance of Shot Bro by Rob Mokaraka.

Sponsored by Kaipatiki Local board.

It happens all too often. We hear news reports that a person who is in the middle of a personal mental health crisis ends up in confrontation with the Police. Sadly, these incidents frequently have a tragic ending for the unwell person and ongoing fallout for whanau and the wider community, which includes the traumatised Police staff involved at ‘ground zero’.

Rob Mokaraka is one person whose ‘suicide-by-cop’ plan, formulated during the torment of a mental breakdown in 2009, thankfully didn’t succeed. A Police bullet tore through him and at that moment, he realised he’d made a terrible mistake.

Over the past 9 years Rob has taken himself on a journey of healing. It hasn’t been easy and he acknowledges that for him, the maintenance of positive mental health will be a lifelong work in progress.

In years prior to 2009, Rob’s career as an artist earned him awards and accolades. He travelled to theatre festivals in New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and London including the prestigious Edinburgh Festival with Strange Resting Places, a play about the legendary 28th Maori Battalion (Italy 1943), which he co-wrote and performed.

Rob Mokaraka had everything to live for. His career path was assured and going from strength to strength. He should have been happy right?

Yet admidst all this success, his inner voice was needling him with negative thoughts of self-loathing and the paranoid delusions that ultimately led him to attempt self-destruction.

Rob didn’t know he was ill.

For years, without realising it, he had stifled the deep depression that was slowly eating away at his mental health. And since 2009, his healing journey has delved into his childhood, providing some answers as to why he became so unwell.

Rob’s considerable skill and talent as a writer/actor/comic has helped him through the darkest period of his life and he’s thankful that he’s now able to share his experience with others by performing his one man show, Shot Bro.

Shot Bro is a deeply personal story that speaks frankly about some serious topics - depression, suicide and family violence - yet despite this, Rob’s carefully crafted performance somehow manages to lift the spirits. He brings to the stage humour, aroha and empathy as he tells his truth.

Rob experience is shared from a Maori perpsective but he is adamant that his show is for everyone.

This free performance is followed by a korero where audence members can ask Rob about his journey and be free to share their experiences if they wish to in an atmosphere of aroha and safety.

Korero will continue over kai and a cuppa and everyone is warmly welcome.
Koha of kai is also welcome.

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