by Amber Ford, Pūkenga Atawhai / NetP Nurse
SHOT BRO is more than a show... it is theatre for social change. A Black Comedy about Rob Mokaraka's real life battle with his depression and a bullet. Its aim is to provide all communities with an internal perspective on mental health and depression in a safe way. Mauri ora.
Rob was in the news in 2009 when he was shot by a policeman after a suicidal depressive episode. He survived and is now a respected actor and playwright who has been touring a one-man show called Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet – which is witty, funny, dark, and above all spreads the message that there is a way out of the darkness.
In late March, Motueka kaimahi supported whanau to attend the play and provided an interactive information table to help tautoko the event. The show at times, was very confronting but all agreed this was a relevant and critical conversation to be had among the community. Rob did a phenomenal portrayal of what is a very real reality for many whanau and although hard hitting for viewers, it was also very encouraging as Rob shared ultimately, a korero of hope.