Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 23 Apr 8:00 Fellini's 8 1/2 (15) Cinema Book/Details
Sat 26 Apr 2:00 The Saturday Club - A Real Fairy Story Family Book/Details
Sat 26 Apr 7:00 Breckland Astronomical Society presents:
Two Illustrated Talks on Astronomy
Word Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

15 April to 03 May Astrophotography - Imaging the Universe by Breckland Astronomical Society Details

Take a look at our new brochure to see the exciting things coming up in April to June and beyond.

STOP PRESS: 'Live' screenings from the National Theatre & Glyndebourne coming to the Corn Hall

We're thrilled to announce that from the 1st May we're adding ‘live’ link screenings to our programme. This means you'll be able to enjoy performances from the National Theatre, Glyndebourne opera festival and other prestigious shows beamed direct from stage to our screen!

First up, on Thursday 1st May, is the National Theatre’s production of King Lear starring Simon Russell Beale, followed at the end of May by the hit adaptation of The Curious Incident in the Night-Time and, in the summer, opera fans will be able to experience three world-class performances direct from Glyndebourne.

Six productions are programmed to date - for full details go to the Screen Arts section of our website - and tickets are NOW from the Corn Hall box office 01379 652241 or via this website.

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.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.

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

The Selfish Giant (15) - a pre-screening review
Very, very loosely based on the Oscar Wilde fairy story, The Selfish Giant is an outstanding example of an almost uniquely British film form – lyrical social realism.

The film owes an obvious debt to the films of Ken Loach, and specifically to Kes. Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas are spookily reminiscent of David Bradley’s odd mix of naturalistic and intuitive acting. It’s not all about the boys, though. Sean Gilder (a selfish scrap dealer if not giant) is magnificently monstrous to the boys without ever descending into caricature, while Siobhan Finneran (unshackled from the horror of Downton Abbey) gives a painfully touching performance.

There is no doubt, however, that the boys are centre stage, and for first time actors, they are brilliant. This must surely be down to Clio Barnard’s direction, deftly drawing out from the boys just enough of themselves to give a heart breaking truth to their performances. After her documentary The Arbor - an astonishingly original portrait of playwright Andrea Dunbar - this is, in some ways, a surprisingly conventional film. It is beautifully, if bleakly shot, but for the most part this is simple tale of what young boys do faced with difficult times and impossible choices.

There is warmth, humour and compassion here, but ultimately the film is devastatingly uncompromising. The hard times the film illustrate seem barely credible in modern Britain, so it’s worth remembering, and a sobering thought, that for co-star Shawn Thomas, this was the life he was living.
By David Vass
Monday 14th April 2014

A Touch of Class - a review
The debut performance of A Touch of Class, a delightful new show from trio Something Happened, went down a storm at the Corn Hall last Friday. Playing out like a musical version of the Class sketch from The Frost Report, they used the themes of money, status and society as a device to take the audience through some of their favourite songs of the twentieth century.

Their different skill sets complement each other wonderfully, bringing an enviable range and depth to their performance. Terence Blacker’s speciality is sanguine whimsy, whether it’s the work of Jake Thackray or Noel Coward (who he does a surprisingly good impression of) as well as his own brand of melancholy reflection. Derek Hewitson’s self-depreciating banter belies a great talent on the guitar. His laconic delivery of Marriot Edger’s Magna Carta was great fun, as was a rare outing for Malvina Reynolds’s caustic Little Boxes. Tracey Baldwin has the biggest voice of the three – it was used sparingly but to good effect. After her hilarious duet with Hewitson, performing Victoria Wood’s classic Let's Do It, she was able to turn on a sixpence and deliver a haunting rendition of Cole Porter’s Love for Sale.

If that seems like extraordinary shopping list of songs, I can assure you it only scratches the surface of their eclectic choice of music. The evening was perhaps most reminiscent of the perfect mix tape, compiled, with enthusiasm and expertise, by your smartest best friend.
By David Vass
Sunday 13th April 2014

Romeo and Juliet (Yakety Yak Young Company) - a review
Director Mark Finbow stripped the text down to the bare essentials, made sure the play zipped along, and was constantly alert to fresh interpretations of well-worn lines. In doing so, his spirited production managed to be lively, engaging and genuinely entertaining.

Perhaps most significantly, by casting so many young players this production was able to draw out the generation divide at the heart of the play. Dom Tooth’s gauche Romeo and Sophie Scannell’s coquettish Juliet really bring home that, while they may be star-crossed lovers, they are also kids let down by adults. There were also some lovely interpretations of the supporting roles. Hal Keys-Holloway nicely brings out the brat in Mercutio, while Nancy Paul is deliciously vampish as Lady Capulet. Of particular note are Agnes Lillis and Nick Murray Brown, who elevated the sometimes thankless roles of Nurse and Friar Lawrence. The Nurse is such a difficult character to get right, but by playing her as a broody, clucky hen Lillis somehow makes sense of her sometimes contrary behaviour. Brown’s recasting of the Friar into a shaman-like Glastonbury refugee was inspired, finding in him a Prospero like ambivalence that gives the character real weight.

Not all the directorial flourishes were successful (the occasional tableaux of cast members only served to clutter and obscure a production set in the round) but for the most part this was an inventive and creative interpretation of an age old standard that illuminated the text and breathed new life into familiar words.
By David Vass
Friday 11th April 2014

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