“Shot Bro – Confessions of a depressed bullet”

Renowned actor Rob Mokaraka, known for his brave battle with mental health, has transformed his experiences into a compelling one-man play titled “Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet.” This extraordinary production, which has captivated audiences across New Zealand, serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of seeking help and support before it’s too late.

“Shot Bro” is a real-life story about Rob’s fight with depression, a bullet, suicide attempts and a 7yr healing journey. It will show at Kaipara College on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of August, and will include performances for the whole community, for rangatahi, and for men specifically.

“Shot Bro” reflects Mokaraka’s permanent commitment to healing and inspiring others. The play, crafted over seven years, allows him to share his story while also creating a safe space for others to express their own struggles. Mokaraka’s authentic and intimate approach ensures that each guest feels welcomed and fully immersed in the transformative experience.

Following each performance, a dedicated forum provides an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts and emotions, fostering a sense of community and understanding.

Mokaraka emphasizes the urgent need for emotional intelligence and introspection in New Zealand. The way we were raised and continue to raise our children often discourages vulnerability, hindering individuals from effectively processing emotional triggers and exacerbating mental health issues. By infusing humour into his play, Mokaraka skilfully transmutes pain and trauma into a safe and relatable experience, shedding light on difficult topics and facilitating healing.

Ultimately, Mokaraka’s message is clear and profound: Every life holds intrinsic value, and no one is ever alone.

“This message aligns so well with the values of our collective groups.”  Says Ana Christmas, Executive Director of Kindred Family Services.   “We know many are struggling in our communities.  We also know the power of storytelling, resilience, and the human spirit.  Rob Mokaraka’s transformative play encourages individuals to seek help, share their stories, and find solace in a supportive community.  By raising awareness and fostering understanding, together, we aspire to drive positive change and inspire hope.”

“Shot Bro – confessions of a depressed bullet” is brought to Helensville through a collaboration with Te Ha Oranga, Kindred Family Services, Outwest Youth, Kaipara College, and the Healing Through Arts Trust.

Tickets available now through Humanitix.  For more information contact rowan@kindredservices.org.nz

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