Drama is not only fun, it can also be educational. Drama that teaches us about precious human rights is invaluable. To boost public awareness of human rights in a lively and more interesting way, Amnesty International Hong Kong has launched a scholarship programme under which members who are interested in acting can attend a short-term training course on theatre at drama schools for free. The course is open not only to Amnesty International members but to the public. Those taking part must be over 18, and the number of places is restricted to 20. Participants are expected to attend at least 80 per cent of classes and perform in at least one public event organised by Amnesty International on completion of the course. 'Our scholarship programme aims to cultivate members' interest in spreading the message of human rights through theatre,' said Shirley Chan Wai-ching, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong. 'We find that drama is really a very effective way to convey social messages such as human rights because it is much more interesting and vivid than conventional means such as exhibitions and seminars. In the future our public events will feature more street dramas.' Last month, Amnesty International organised an 'Anti-Torture' public event in Causeway Bay. A similar event is due to be held from December 2 onwards. The course includes eight different workshops on various themes related to writing, organising and acting in plays. The workshops, which will begin next month, range from one single session to six consecutive classes. 'We hope participants will commit themselves to our future events ' said Ms Chan. The deadline for applications is October 31.