Posted on October 19, 2016 by Basement
Our blogger Jonty had a chat to Rob Mokaraka on his upcoming show Shot Bro, Confessions Of A Depressed Bullet opening in the Studio next week.
What can we expect from the show?
An absurd comedy from the heart, which weaves in big doses of reality, helping people realise they are not alone and that help does help :)
How cathartic has it been to develop and perform the show?
The show has helped me figure out my own journey to the traumatic day in Pt. Chev 2009. It helps me realise how far I have come and there is still much more to do and learn.
Was there anything that surprised you during the development of the show?
I knew it would be tough, but my director and friend Erina Daniels helped me navigate my way through my thoughts to form Shot Bro. In its early stages I found it difficult to address certain emotional moments, but together we found ways that are funny and dark, so we can laugh and realise the intensity of moments. As I learn more about myself and new coping mechanisms, the show keeps growing.
You’ve performed the show around the country, how have audiences responded?
Because of the raw honesty and the humour that we have in the show, people are able to reflect on what resonated with them. This opens up a very honest, beautiful and open space for people to share. By sharing, we realise that we are not alone. By seeing and hearing the openness from people, it’s like a burden or secret has been lifted. Shot Bro is not a cure, but it is a vehicle to safely open up a subject that people are sometimes scared to talk about and warmly illuminate the topic of depression and loss.
Shot, Bro: Confessions Of A Depressed Bullet will be on from the 25 – 29 Oct. More information and tickets can be found here. More of Jonty’s writing can be found on his blog