Helen Watts

Artistic Director

Trained at Italia Conti on the acting course.

Helen has worked in Theatre, Opera and film as an actress, writer and director. 

Directing and adaptation credits include Persuasion, Far From The Madding Crowd, Northanger Abbey, Under The Greenwood Tree, Frankenstein: The Year Without A Summer and A Christmas Carol. In 2007 The Bike Shed in Exeter produced her original play Forsaken (Directed by David Lockwood).

Other direction credits include; Cosi Fan Tutte (DCTC), Stone Cold Murder, Persuasion and Daisy Pulls It Off (AUB), 

Helen was commissioned in 2015 to write the book for a new musical adaptation of Lysistrata for the Music Theatre MA course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (music and lyrics by David Merriman, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones and musical direction by Julian Kelly).

In 2016 Helen directed and devised a new music theatre piece for The Royal Central School of Speech And Drama entitled Love Is Not A Science - music by Joshua Rosenblum and lyrics  Joanne Sydney Lessner. Musical direction by Julian Kelly.

2018 Helen and Eamonn have been commissioned to write a new musical adaptation of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' for National Youth Music Theatre.

Eamonn and Helen's first musical adaptation of Five Children and It was shortlisted for the S&S musical theatre award in 2014, received a rehearsed reading at The Tristan Bates Theatre as part of The Page to Stage season in 2015 and in 2016 was shortlisted for the Stiles and Drewe mentorship award.

To find out what she's up to in 2016 follow Helen on twitter @wattsabout

Fiona Davis

Finance Director

Fiona has over 30 years experience in business having worked for companies such as Pierre Cardin, G. D. Searle and Stylewhirl. She is company secretary for Dorset Corset and has worked on Persuasion, Far From The Madding Crowd, Northanger Abbey, Under The Greenwood Tree, Frankenstein: The Year Without A Summer, Cosi Fan TutteA Christmas Carol and Stone Cold Murder.


Dorset Corset are a professional theatre company whose primary focus is period work with a strong musical theme. Set up in 2006 by Helen Watts, Ed Burnside and Fiona Davis, our work has included elements of physical theatre, puppetry and occasionally mask work. We love to use performers and artists from our region and are keen to give opportunities to new graduates. In the last few years we have developed an excellent working relationship with Arts University Bournemouth taking on new graduates and students from the Costume and Performance design course.


Above all we love a good story...

© 2014 Dorset Corset Theatre Company

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