Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.
Drama and theatre have many applications in the world. We use this medium as a means for self-expression and for self-analysis. We use it to communicate to the world a greater understanding of the human condition, as a tool for teaching others from our own experience. It is a necessarily empathetic art, and can be used as a powerful part of rehabilitation.
We must all do theatre – to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.
Theatre carries with it an intrinsic power that is not found in other mediums. Its presence and life in front of an audience gives it an immediacy and emotional resonance that we cannot find anywhere else. For that exact reason, though the world changes around us, this medium has lived on from Plato to Shakespeare to Mamet. It is this power of theatre that we bring to incarcerated persons.
No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.