Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 22 Oct 8:00 A Night at the Cinema in 1914 (U) Cinema Book/Details
Thu 23 Oct 8:00 Off the Kerb presents:
Marcus Brigstocke: Je M'accuse - I Am Marcus
Comedy Book/Details
Sat 25 Oct 2:00 CBeebies Sid Sloane presents:
The Saturday Club - Sid's Deep Sea Discovery Show
Family Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

01 October to 31 October Superficial Meditations - Paintings by Bob Billington Details

Our new brochure for Oct-Dec is available. If you would like to receive one each quarter call 01379 652241.

Make a real difference to your community - DONATE to the Heritage Triangle project.

Let's celebrate!
The Diss Heritage Partnership has secured a grant of £1,656,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the £3m Heritage Triangle project. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Diss but we are not quite over the finishing line yet. We still need £33,000 to hit our target of raising £100k locally. To get involved and donate.
Go to www.heritagetriangle.co.uk

Our fundraising will be a vital contribution toward the town’s £3 million Heritage Triangle project which could transform Diss.

Peter Hyde, whose shop Diss Iron Works is in the Heritage Triangle, said “as a Diss business owner I am fully behind the project. It will really put Diss on the map, attracting new shops and more visitors.”

You can also send a cheque made payable to The Diss Corn Hall Trust addressed to The Diss Heritage Partnership, Diss Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss. Norfolk IP22 4LB or email admin@disscornhall.co.uk to request a copy of the Heritage Triangle fundraising information brochure and donation form.

Help out with our Arts Awards

Our Arts Award group is celebrating success after scooping the Arts category in the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards on 29th October for their film project entitled The Diss Appearing Triangle which took 9 months to complete.

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

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.or.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.

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

Spinning Wheel Theatre production of Mindgame - a review
Spinning Wheel Theatre came to the Corn Hall in April of last year, with Jim Cartwright’s Two. On that occasion, I recall being hugely impressed by great acting and excellent stagecraft, and looked forward to seeing the company perform in a play that really showcased their skills.

Anthony Horowitz’s Mindgame proved to be exactly that - a preposterous twisty turny puzzle in the spirit of Death Trap or Sleuth. For the most part a two-hander, Joe Leat was particularly good as the curious author with dark secrets, ably complemented by Tom Leeper, playing a man with secrets that were blacker still. Setting aside a couple of early run hiccoughs, both of them had a sureness, and lightness, of touch notwithstanding the grim subject matter. Without turning the play into an outright farce, they’ve worked with director Amy Wyllie to draw humour out of what is, after all, a ludicrous scenario, enabling the audience to laugh with the play, not at it.

This was a fast-paced, rollicking rollercoaster of a play, a great example of what touring theatre can do, and quite simply the best night at the theatre I can recall in a long time.
By David Vass

Monday 20th October 2014

Mark Cocker: the wildlife of a Norfolk village - a review
Claxton, a small village eight miles from Norwich, is Mark Cocker’s home. It’s also the focal point of his eponymous book, which examines the wildlife of what he likes to call a small planet. It’s a description in marked and deliberate contrast to the huge projects he’s recently undertaken, and a reminder that nature’s diversity is in the gardens and woods and fields all around us.
Culled from 10 years of Guardian columns, Cocker’s book flits from year to year, but otherwise follows the cycle of the seasons, artfully showing how everything changes, yet also stays the same. The book was a springboard for a considered, thought-provoking talk by Cocker, a man utterly absorbed by the flora and fauna of his home. With good humour and an infectious enthusiasm, his delight at identifying and recording a new species of moth, or category of fungus right on his doorstep, seemed the equal to anything he had previously seen on his worldwide travels.
Notwithstanding the self-depreciating anecdotes about hoverfly weekends, the musings over prose style, and a good natured moan that people now think he only does birds, here was a heartfelt plea to treasure and protect the diversity and richness of our indigenous wildlife.
By David Vass
Friday 17th October 2014

Frank - a pre-screening review
To those of us who remember Chris Sievey’s alter ego Frank Sidebottom, Lenny Abrahamson’s film is a little disorientating. The papier-mâché head has survived, but not much else. Instead, Jon Ronson has used his time with Sidebottom’s band as a springboard for a script that owes as much to Captain Beefheart as it does the front man from the Freshies.

The man behind the mask is Michael Fassbinder, playing it dead straight as an inexplicably charismatic but hugely troubled soul that cannot face the world without wearing a false head. He is surrounded by acolytes, trying to make their idea of music, but it is his relationship with Jon Burroughs, their co-opted keyboard player, that is at the heart of the film. Fans of Ronson’s non-fiction will immediately recognise the inspiration for Burroughs, an interloper that presents himself as everyman, but whose vanity proves to be a destructive force.

It carefully avoids the usual rock-biz tropes and is unusually beautiful for a comedy. It’s also well played by its ensemble cast, and has interesting, if challenging, musical interludes. While the transition from comedy to tragedy is not always entirely successful, it is a quiet and compassionate celebration of eccentricity, and for that it should be applauded.
By David Vass
Friday 10th October 2014

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