Helen Watts


Helen Watts


Helen is a freelance bookwriter and director specializing in adaptation.

Recent commissions include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for NYMT (The Other Palace August 2018 dir. Alex Sutton) and Mrs Beeton Says for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (Redgrave Theatre, Bristol December 2018 dir. Paul Clarkson). In November 2018 she directed Mary Shelley by Helen Edmondson at the Shelley Frankenstein festival – Shelley Theatre (Arts University Bournemouth)

She 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/(add. Lyrics) by Joshua Rosenblum and lyrics by Joanne Sydney Lessner.
Helen is the bookwriter for Five Children And It (music and lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer), which was shortlisted for the S&S musical theatre award in 2014, selected by Page To Stage for a rehearsed reading in 2015 and in 2016 it was shortlisted for the MTI Stiles and Drewe mentorship award.
Writing/direction credits include Persuasion, Far From The Madding Crowd, Northanger Abbey, Under The Greenwood Tree, Frankenstein: The Year Without A Summer and A Christmas Carol (Dorset Corset Theatre Company). In 2007 The Bike Shed in Exeter produced her original play Forsaken (Directed by David Lockwood).
Other direction credits include; Cosi Fan Tutte (DCTC), My Brother’s Keeper (The Bike Shed), Persuasion and Daisy Pulls It Off (Arts University Bournemouth),

Helen is from Dorset/Wiltshire and is Artistic Director of The Dorset Corset Theatre Company and a visiting tutor/director on the Acting and Costume and Performance Design Courses at Arts University Bournemouth
Twitter @wattsabout



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