Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Sat 30 Aug 4:00 Anna Mudeka presents:
Dance Workshop
Workshops Book/Details
Sat 30 Aug 8:00 Anna Mudeka presents:
Anna Mudeka Band - gig preceded by an optional Dance Workshop
Music & Dance Book/Details
Wed 03 Sep 8:00 20 Feet from Stardom (12A) Cinema Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

11 August to 30 August A Print Quartet by Suzanne Breeze, Mike Fenton, Di Griffiths & Annette Rolston Details

Take a look inside our July-Sept event brochure.

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

The Diss Heritage Partnership appeal to raise £100,000 has now raised over £55,000, so we're over half way there! THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed so far. If you have been thinking about making a donation but haven't gotten round to it yet, now is your chance to help us raise that all important last amount.

Our fundraising will be a vital make-or-break 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.”

To make a donation or to find out more about the project click on the image above to open our fundraising brochure or go to www.heritagetriangle.co.uk

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

Luke Wright's Stand-up Poetry Club - a review
Luke Wright held his last poetry evening at the Corn Hall way back in January – it has been too long a wait. The audience obviously thought so – it was standing room only last Friday.

Wright’s strength is his ability to create dense narrative. The anguish of the disciplined teacher or the hope of Tracy in her Dartford tunnel crossing booth – these are ideas that have the makings of a novel. John Osbourne’s nerdy, shuffling delivery belies a sharp and quirkily inventive mind. There is a winning seam of almost defiant insecurity that runs through his seemingly random musings on lotteries, affairs, and internet dating. It’s perhaps no surprise that he and Molly Naylor are working together on a comedy script. Notwithstanding her personable and engaging stage presence, you only need scratch beneath the surface of her take on CDs, boat rides, and unrequited love to find similar themes, explored with genuine humanity and circumspection.

We are used to Luke showcasing new talent in Diss, so it was quite a departure to see him share the bill with such established talent, and a real treat to get his evenings going again. It was like watching the Emerson, Lake and Palmer of East Anglian spoken word.
By David Vass

Saturday 30th August 2014

Tracks - a pre-screening review
Robyn Davidson, at the age of 27, crossed the Australian outback in 1977 from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with four camels and her dog as companions. The idea of making a film of her adventures has been kicking around ever since.

Deftly avoiding melodrama or sentimentality, director John Curran saves the movie from the cul de sac of personal empowerment or quest fulfilment by presenting a relatively dispassionate and occasionally quizzical examination of a closed off young woman doing something inexplicable. Central to the film’s success is Mia Wasikowska’s superb central performance. She somehow makes sense of Davidson’s contrary character - independent yet vulnerable, truculent yet likeable, brave yet foolish. White Australia’s queasy relationship with the indigenous population is touched on, but this is mostly about Davidson and how the world turns around her. If that sometimes gets a little too introspective, there is always the magnificent outback, beautifully photographed by Mandy Walker and counterpointed by Garth Stevenson’s haunting score.

Why did she do this? Those looking for a conventional narrative with easy answers should look elsewhere. As Davidson said, “Camel trips do not begin or end; they merely change form.”
By David Vass
Monday 25th August 2014

The Double - a pre-screening review
Richard Ayoade surprised everyone with his delightful debut feature Submarine, proving he was capable of unshackling himself from his magnificent turn as Moss (the uber nerd from the IT Crowd) to produce a quirky, original and moving piece of work. His second feature, however, is an altogether more ambitious project.

Based on a novel by Dostoevsky, The Double is a claustrophobic tale of a man losing his identity in the face of a more charming man. Jesse Eisenberg is cleverly cast in the twin roles of Simon and his body double James (this introspective anti-hero is essentially the Mark Zuckerberg that didn’t invent facebook) and Eisenberg has great fun with the baggage he brings to the role. Film references abound – most noticeably Lynch’s Eraserhead, Gilliam’s Brazil, and Polanski’s Tenant – but this is so much more than a Tarantino-style grab bag of filmic tropes.

This is a director’s film that is always beautiful to look at, packed with witty cameos, and never less than an intriguing. Ayoade knows his cinema – he has taken a legacy of images and ideas and moulded them into a clear and focused vision of a frightening dystopian world.
By David Vass
Sunday 17th August 2014

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