Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet

You are invited to Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet.

Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet (Shot Bro) is inspired by true events. In 2009, the already highly acclaimed actor and playwright Rob Mokoraka, had undiagnosed depression that resulted in his attempted suicide: being shot by police. Shot bro is the product of Rob’s seven year journey of healing and self-discovery following those events. A powerful, raw, authentic solo show, Shot Bro exposes, shares and discusses the effects of depression. Using comedy, heart and truth, Mokaraka skilfully navigates the audience through his own experiences with depression, allowing them to find breath by leading an after-show forum. The core of Shot Bro is Rob’s personal journey; one that can help others and alleviate the stigma attached to mental health. Mokaraka’s own road to recovery is a continual process and he shares his commitment to self-care and whanau (family) support.

‘If good theatre includes revealing hidden secrets of human experience, showing us we are not alone and/or taking us to places we’ve never been (and may not want to visit in reality), thereby expanding our awareness of ourselves and each other in challenging yet life-affirming – and safe – ways, then SHOT BRO delivers in spades.’ (John Smythe, Theatreview 2016)

‘Rob’s raw talent, natural stage presence, choreography, script writing humour and honesty, provided challenge and relief as the men and staff at Auckland prison journeyed with Rob to explore their own mental health.’ (Department of Corrections 2019) Please book now as there is limited seating.


Safety Warning – please carefully consider the following information:

Rob’s lived experience and healing journey has successfully toured throughout New Zealand to communities and organisations bringing hope and aroha / compassion.

Rob’s honest exploration of his experience may be confronting to some. If you have been experiencing thoughts of suicide or are bereaved because of suicide, the content of this performance may bring up feelings that could amplify your distress.

There will be trained counsellors available during and directly after the performance to address any concerns that may have been raised for you.

The following numbers are provided for your information and ongoing support:

  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • Lifeline – 131 114
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
  • MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
  • Relationships Australia South Australia – 8223 4566
  • Diamond House – 82445525