Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Sat 22 Oct 10:00 The Potential of Watercolours – with Rosie Copeland upstairs at DesignerMakers21 Workshops Book/Details
Sat 22 Oct 7:30 Corn Hall on tour and Pantaloons Theatre Company presents:
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Roydon Village Hall, IP22 5RB
Theatre Book/Details
Wed 26 Oct 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Tale of Tales (15) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Have a look at our new events brochure covering October to December!

While the Corn Hall is being refurbed, join us at our 'On Tour' events - same great quality and variety, just different locations.

Our Box Office is still open too. You'll find us in our temporary home across the road from the Corn Hall at DesignerMakers, 21 St Nicholas Street. Open 10am-4pm daily, except Tuesday and Sunday.

Corn Hall Progress Update

Work is progressing well on the Corn Hall however a combination of unexpected factors – not least the discovery of maze of underground drains that weren’t recorded on any utilities maps – lost valuable time and this means we should now be reopening in Spring, rather than January next year.

Bear with us though – we’re all working as hard as we can to get back into our lovely Corn Hall and to bring you not just the very best in entertainment and facilities, but also a great place to relax, eat and drink with friends and family!

The big change to the building will be a new extension giving us a foyer with an enlarged box office and gallery, leading to a new bar and cafe. The upper floor of the extension will house additional loos, performer’s dressing room, a learning zone with exhibition space and an office and will include lift access.

The Waveney Room and Council Chamber will be improved with additional facilities to make them more flexible spaces suitable for classes, workshops and community activities, as well as less formal events.

The Main Hall will be smartened up to give the audience a much more comfortable experience with underfloor heating installed and better acoustics. Retractable seating will allow us to make the Hall more inimate for small productions, but able to quickly close the seating so the whole Hall can be used.

We have done lots of testing so we hope we don’t encounter too many snags – always the problem with an old building needing repair.

For further updates on progess, check back here or go to the News section on the Heritage Triangle website www.heritagetriangle.co.uk

Meanwhile – enjoy the Corn Hall On Tour and many thanks for all your support.

The Corn Hall Team
Contact: 01379 652241 or boxoffice@disscornhall.co.uk

Success for the Arts Awards!

For the second time in three years the Arts Award is celebrating success in the Arts category of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards! Caity Adkins and Debbie Castro-Kerridge won for their Art exhibition that was displayed in the Corn Hall earlier this year that also helped to raise funds for the Heritage Triangle.

Two years ago our 2013 Arts Award cohort also scooped the prize for the Arts category in the Youth Awards for their film project entitled The Diss Appearing Triangle.

The Awards held at Open in Norwich has netted the Caity and Debbie prize money of £1000 to be spent on equipment and funding for future Arts Awards projects.

Our Arts Awards group is enjoying its new home at Designer Makers 21. We have a full allocation for this years Arts Award, but if you would like to be involved next year contact the Diss Corn Hall.

Diss Corn Hall's next Arts Award term has begun! If you are 11-18 and would like to explore and discover a specific - or a variety - of Arts disciplines in a friendly and fun atmosphere, come along to the Diss Corn Hall Arts Awards sessions on Wednesday evenings between 4pm and 6pm during term time.

For more information about Arts Awards visit their website on www.artsaward.org.uk. You can also keep up-to-date with what our group is up to on the Arts Award section of the Corn Hall website.

Arts Awards is a nationally recognised qualification with Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

We also put on a showcase event for parents and families as well as occasional Saturday workshops in a variety of art forms which you will need to be available for.

Dig Diss - heritage archeological dig

To celebrate the Heritage Triangle project getting the go-ahead to start work, the Diss Dig - an excavation led by Professor Tom Licence of the UEA's Department of East Anglian Studies - took place in the garden area behind the Diss Town Council.

Diss Corn Hall

Located in the East Anglian market town of Diss on the Norfolk / Suffolk border, this impressive Grade 2 listed building, originally built as a corn exchange, is now a thriving arts venue offering regular high quality entertainment from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.

The DCH Blog

Tale of Tales
Matteo Garrone’s film is based on the bizarre stories of Giambattista Basile, the 17th century Neapolitan writer who inspired the likes of Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. Reminiscent of the Grimms at their grimmest, there is a dark energy that swirls around this portmanteau movie of three interwoven tales about selfishness, vanity and stupidity.

It’s a startling change of tone for the director that brought us the hard-boiled realism of Gomorrah and Reality, and though it’s his first English speaking film, its influences are resolutely European. Garrone has name checked both Fellini and Bava, but there’s also a clear debt to Guillermo del Toro, Pasolini and even Jodorowsky. It makes for a heady brew, pleasingly grounded by a largely British cast. Toby Jones is tragically convincing as a king hoisted on his own petard, while Shirley Henderson and Hayley Carmichael are horribly hilarious as a very different kind of ugly sisters.
Using extraordinary, but real, Italian settings, puppetry instead of CGI, and the gifted Lee twins instead of camera trickery, Garrone has produced an oddly old fashioned film. Despite its fantastical subject matter, there is something satisfyingly robust in its production.

Complemented by breath-taking cinematography from Peter Suschitzky – a hallucinogenic cocktail of bloody reds, verdant greens and stark whites – this is a film that is a feast for the senses.
By David Vass
Thursday 20th October 2016

Mustang - a pre-screening review
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut feature has a feeling about it of great foreboding from the outset. From the moment a group of post-pubescent boys and girls splash about fully clothed in the sea there is a sense of awakening sexuality in their frolicking. All the signals are there that no good will come of this, which makes for uncomfortable viewing. From that moment on the tension starts to ratchet up and barely lets up.

It’s a film that has moments of levity, subtly shifting loyalties, and tells a compelling story, but the abiding mood is one of tense unease. Having cast a group of unprofessional young girls as five closely bonded sisters, Ergüven manages to attract unnervingly naturalistic performances from her young cast. The occasional narration from the youngest - played with feisty determination by Gunes Sensoy - makes her character the nominal lead of this excellent ensemble cast, and it is from her perspective we begin to piece together the clues that hint at something so much worse than religious intolerance.

The film has roused considerable discontent in Turkey. Accusations of a distorted perspective have no doubt been fuelled by its antecedence – a French film directed by a Turkish expat – but this surely misses the point. The movie is not so much a about the cruelty of a particular patriarchal society, as it is about the universal danger of turning a blind eye. Of course the wider social context is relevant, and Ergüven has highlighted issues that are disturbing and thought-provoking, but she’s also directed a film that is enthralling, intriguing and emotionally engaging.
By David Vass

Thursday 13th October 2016

Love & Friendship - a pre-screening review
Whit Stillman’s love of Jane Austen has finally made it onto screen with this literate, affectionate and respectful adaptation of her epistolary novella, Lady Susan. By taking on this early and relatively unknown work, Whitman cleverly sidesteps the key problem with reworking classic texts. We can all enjoy the retrospective irony of Emma, but how much more satisfying to genuinely not know what’s going to happen next.

Filmed in five weeks in and around the stately homes of Ireland, one is frequently reminded of the guerrilla filmmaking style of Derek Jarman, although there are also shades of Peter Greenaway in Benjamin Esdraffo’s sumptuous score. Fans of Kate Beckinsale, best known for her vampiric hijinks in the Underworld series, may be surprised to see how easily she slips into period drama. The camera rarely strays from her starry iridescence, though all about her is a host of fine actors. James Fleet and Jemma Redgrave are excellent in the tiny roles they are given, as is Xavier Samuel as their son, while Tom Bennett comes very close to nabbing the whole film with his winning portrait of a likeable buffoon.

Love and Friendship is, of course, a knowing and arch title for a film that is about cynical exploitation, surface appearance, and deception. That the film manages to explore these themes with such a lightness of touch is a testament to the skills of both Jane Austen and Whit Stillman.
By David Vass
Wednesday 5th October 2016

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