Say So much more through drama


Our Story

Say So delivers fun and engaging drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities. Say So was formally apart of Curious Arts and in the Summer of 2013 Curious Arts decided to sell Say So Drama and split the company into two. Even though the companies now run separately, they are still working closely together and have a very positive and supportive relationship.

Workshops run throughout term time and are tailored to suit the needs of the group. By providing an encouraging and supportive environment, we use drama to increase confidence, motivation and self-esteem for our students. We work together to build a strong group dynamic between the members of the class and the facilitator. Facilitators are trained and experienced in working with adults with learning difficulties and are both intuitive and sensitive to the needs of the individuals and the group as a whole.

Say So has been Quality Checked and recommended by People First Dorset. To have a look at the report please use the following link: http://peoplefirstdorset.org.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Say-So.pdf

About Emma

Emma Greenslade is the Artistic Director of Say So Drama. Emma graduated from the University of Kent with a masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. Her initial interest in becoming a drama facilitator stemmed from her passion for theatre and in working with people of all ages and abilities.

Whilst studying for her masters degree, Emma travelled to America to work with Chicago Children’s Theatre, teaching drama to underprivileged children in the inner city. On her return to Canterbury she worked on a number of projects with children and adults with learning difficulties (both SLD and PMLD), and taught children with behavioural difficulties.

After graduating, Emma worked on a project funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council called Imagining Autism. This involved creating imaginative worlds and experiences for children with autism.

Emma became a workshop leader for Curious Arts in March 2012, working on a number of Curious Arts projects and regularly teaching some of the Say So classes. In the Summer of 2013, Emma was presented with the opportunity to become Artistic Director of Say So Drama and is delighted to take on this role. In addition to this, Emma is still working with Curious Arts as a Freelance Workshop Leader, regularly teaching in schools and clubs.

Throughout these experiences, Emma has developed a keen intuitive and patient manner which can be seen in her teaching. Emma is currently facilitating the Ferndown, Winton and Poole classes and is happy to have Paul Lawless working alongside her at the Wareham, Blandford and Dorchester classes.


About Paul

Paul Lawless is a professional Actor, Singer & Workshop Coordinator who leads both the Blandford and Wareham Say So Drama sessions, along with the newly established Dorchester class. He has had a wealth of experience coordinating and facilitating workshops – everything from devising and delivering Theatre Company and  T.I.E Projects, running After-school Primary Drama Clubs and as Theatre Workshop Coordinator (in Singing, Acting & Drama) for local dance Schools – all accompanying his work alongside Adults with Learning Disabilities. He is also a private tutor for LAMDA Examinations and Audition technique.

Paul firmly believes Drama is an excellent tool to engage group members of any background and ability into learning and he loves catering his workshops and sessions to the requirements of those attending. He feels Say So Drama offers its groups members the perfect opportunity to really thrive in an encouraging and supportive environment. These sessions develop members as a ‘creative performer’ whilst offering them the opportunity to develop their social skills and ability to articulate their thoughts and feelings with more ease and clarity.

Most recently Say So members explored Sit-com and Paul relished the chance to work on this with his groups. He focused on strengthening their understanding of comedy (comic devices, character types etc) and it’s execution and delivery through performance (both verbal and physical). The end of term production was a great success and the progression of groups members was evident from their commitment and enthusiasm for the term-topic!

Why Say So?

Why come and what to expect


Why come to Say So?

There are a number of reasons why Drama is a positive hobby to have and Say So pride themselves on being completely accessible and open to all who wish to have a go.

These are just a few reasons why you should give Say So a go…

  • If you have an interest in expressing yourself creatively
  • If you wish to expand your imagination
  • If you would like a new hobby or for a creative way to socialise
  • If you want to feel more confident, either in yourself or when you are in a group
  • If you want to learn about commitment and discipline when working with others
  • If you need to work on your communication skills
  • If you would like to be more assertive in making decisions
  • If you would like to express yourself better and let people know how you feel
  • If you need to learn how to work nicely with others
  • If you just want to having fun
  • If you would like to learn some new drama techniques
  • If you would like to new build new friendships

There are many more reasons why drama is a great hobby, but don’t just take our word for it, come along for a Free Trial and see what you think for yourself. We are always happy to have new members and will encourage everyone to do their best and give it a go.


What Happens at Say So?

Say So classes are 2 hours long with a 15 minute break in the middle where everyone can spend a little time to have a snack and socialise. Each term we explore a new Drama theme. Past themes have included: Sit-Com, Commedia Dell’Arte (Italian Comedy), Pantomime and The Olympics.

Facilitators work hard to plan fun workshops centred around the chosen theme with the needs of the group in mind. Throughout the term, you will play lots of games and explore the different aspects of the theme with lots of visual aids along the way. As a group, you will work towards creating an enjoyable and exciting piece of drama to perform to your friends and family at the end of term. The direction of the show will be chosen by the group and everyone will get the opportunity to have their say and make their own choices for the show. This produces something that all the members can be proud to show off!

At the beginning of term you set a Goal. This is something personal you would like to achieve by the end of term. Some example goals are…

  • Making a new friend
  • Creating a characters
  • Speaking loudly and clearly
  • Being more confident
  • Making more decisions
  • Joining in with all the activities
  • Helping others in the class
  • Working on dance moves
  • And many, many more…

After our performance at the end of term, there will be a presentation ceremony where we all celebrate our achievements.



Where to go for Say So

Winton Class



Winton YMCA
Jameson Road

Ferndown Class



Ferndown Village Hall
Church Road
BH22 9ET

Wareham Class



Furzebrooke Village Hall
BH20 5AR

Blandford Class



Williams Opportunity Hall
Whitecliff Gardens
Blandford Forum
DT11 7BU

Term Dates

For all locations

Autumn Term 2014 – 14 Weeks (£168)

Monday 8th September 2014
Friday 19th December 2014

Half Term

Monday 3rd November
Friday 7th November 2014

Spring Term 2015 – 11 Weeks (£132)

Monday 5th January 2015
Friday 27th March 2015

Half Term

Monday 16th February
Friday 20th February 2015

Summer Term 2015 – 15 Weeks (£180)

Tuesday 7th April 2015
Friday 24th July 2015

Half Term

Monday 25th May 2015
Friday 29th May 2015

Say So Create

Say So is excited to announce our first ever full day service called Say So Create. Join us every Monday for an array of fun and engaging creative activities with Emma from Say So and a team of talented Colleagues. From Royal Hat Making to a Food and Music Festival, we will be catering to all your creative needs in a safe and social environment!

Check out the flyer below for more information.

Poole Location

Longfleet Baptist Church
138 Wimborne Road
BH15 2EX



Email or call us to register your interest or for more information. We can’t wait to Create!


Other Peoples' Say So


‘The Say-So-Drama group is a very commendable activity session which encourages participants to build up their confidence and gently step outside their comfort zone from within a warm and non-threatening environment. The progress and development is rewarding to see at the end of term during the showcase performances. In some instances, where group members have been shy to present themselves at the beginning of term, great delight is demonstrated by them as they react to the appreciative applause of their admiring audience.

Performing and presenting in front of group of people can be daunting for anyone, so to observe the progress both in speech development and general confidence is heart-warming. For those who may still feel intimidated by this prospect, alternative responsibilities are equally enhancing to the benefit of the whole group, providing yet another discipline to develop. Costume management and musical support are still essential aspects to the whole show and well-suited to those not yet quite ready for the spot-lights!’

Parent of Say So Drama Member


‘I look forward to Drama, I find it fun. I like Paul – he is a friend of mine. I like to act in anything and look forward to the shows and performing in front of my Mum and my Brother!’

Group Member of Say So Drama



“We felt that the group was extremely well run. People have choice and control over what happens. It is calm and fun. People learn to take part in the group, concentrate, focus and be confident.”

Quality Checkers at People First Dorset