I have been acting since I was 7 years old and have developed my skills to directing and writing in addition.
My Influences are the one and only Sir David Jason, Jim Carrey and Jack Black. I think David is a fantastic actor and makes every role his own, Jim is great at doing so many faces and also is a very good singer and Jack... oh what can I say the man is a legend, sings, acts and plays in a band, that’s me!
Most recently i played Ugly Sister Cactus in Cinderella and year before played Tweedle Dum in Alice in wonderland with the Wivenhoe Panto Group. I have been in 'Stone cold' which i played Shelter, Harcourt in 'The country wife' and Sam (lead Male) in wivenhoe panto's 'Monsters rock.
I have participated in many various amateur productions for several years, including South Pacific, Camelot and Wicked West End with Colchester Operatic Society. Played the GRINCH and the principal ENRIKO’ in a Chicago musical which i co-wrote, 'Downtown Dancing'
I have played Mr Hutchison in Fawlty Towers LIVE, TYBALT in Romeo and Juliet,
FAT SAM in Bugsy Malone,
SCROOGE in A Christmas Carol, MISS NELLY and BUCKLES in Frankenstein the pantomime and GAD in Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dreamcoat. Many sketch shows and film productions including Return of the Forgotten, which was nominated for an award.
I have been involved backstage as well, being stage manager, sound and lighting for school plays.
I have just finished directing Cinderella and last year Sleeping Beauty for Wivenhoe Panto group which was huge success and we had a
full sell out every night.
The last production i produced and directed was 'Dad's Army' back in May 2015. We raised £1000 for Colchester Wounded Soldiers half going to help for Heroes and the other half going to The Royal British Legion. We also won best costume with North East Essex Theatre Guild for Dads Army Live.
Shane Diggens productions is a local group which takes a sitcom and performs it live on stage. Fawlty Towers we done on the 19th and 20th November 2011 at the William Loveless hall, Wivenhoe was our first performance and we had great reviews and wonderful feedback, so much so we performed it again in July 2012 at the Lakeside Theatre (Essex) with an added episode.
I have also directed shows with ADP theatre school Wivenhoe, in which i also star in. I also design all the scenery and make all the stage props for ADP shows.
Previous shows i have Produced or/and directed are:
I took part in writing and won an award for the contribution to the performing arts. A brand new musical based in Chicago.
A variety show and the cast were also invited to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre Haymarket, in The Young Performers show.
A new musical with characters from many loved Christmas classics.
Around the world
The show took you all round the globe with singing, dancing, acting from all the different countries.
Let us entertain you
A collection of new and old songs, focused around a small story line.
Had singing, dancing and acting for all ages to enjoy.
Around the world 2 - return ticket
This is the second coming after finishing in the future with around the world, we took another trip but in reverse. The show took you all around the globe with singing, music and dancing from all different countries.
Around the World and beyond
A mix of both 'Around the world' shows with some little extras thrown in. The show took you from England, around the world and beyond, then back again..all in the space of two hours. We performed this at the Charter hall in Colchester, one of the biggest venues to date.
Fawlty Towers - LIVE
This had two episodes as seen on TV as well as tea and coffee and also a prize draw.
Hotel Inspectors and Communication Problems.
A HUGE SUCCESS!!
Fawlty Towers - LIVE
And from the last success we done it all over again but much BIGGER,
BRIGHTER and even FUNNIER and for an added bonus we done 'THE GERMANS'.
Dads Army - LIVE
We re-created three episodes which were Deadly Attachment, Mums Army and Godiva Affair.
Using the Headgate theatre in Colchester made for a lovely, intermit setting.
Working with Wivenhoe pantomime group to direct an amazing sell out show, which was locally written and performed. A twist on a classic with songs, dances and lots and lots of laughs. Plus won 'Technical award' with North-east Essex Theatre Group.
30th year Anniversary show working with Wivenhoe pantomime group again, to direct an amazing sell out show, which was locally written and performed. A twist on a classic with songs, dances and lots and lots of laughs.