I believe that theatre has the ability to touch people, to arouse empathy as well as to effect social and personal change. While legislation and policy change are important civic instruments, perhaps theatre is more powerful, better at engendering and cultivating a living, breathing culture of human rights.
Each person that does one small thing to change the status quo of poverty or violence has an effect, even though it may not be immediate. The woman who bakes and sells cakes on a market stall in Sydney might make $20 and donate this amount to an education project for girls in Africa. She is only a small cog in a very very big wheel and she may never know the effect – but she is making a difference. This is why I volunteer and become involved.