Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 25 Nov 7:30 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
Slow West (15) at Diss High School
Cinema Book/Details
Thu 26 Nov 7:30 The HandleBards presents:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Diss High School Drama Studio
Theatre Book/Details
Fri 27 Nov 8:00 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
Corn Hall Comedy @ Diss Rugby Club
Comedy Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Have a look through our On Tour events brochure for October to December.

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.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.

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

Slow West - a pre-screening review
The idea of a hard-boiled shootist chaperoning an ingénue across a relentlessly cruel Wild West is nothing new, but John Maclean (in a remarkably accomplished debut feature) has managed to produce a startlingly original take on this hardy perennial, offering up a delightfully eccentric tale of Quixotic misadventure that is both thrilling and funny.

Whether it’s the British director, or the Irish-German star, or the richly coloured landscape of New Zealand, there is something pleasingly off kilter about Slow West. Riffing off John Carpenter Assault of Precinct 13, Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns of the seventies, and just about anything by the Coen brothers, Maclean has nevertheless managed to carve out a niche of its own. Fassbinder is excellent as Silas Selleck, the bounty hunter with a heart, while Kodi Smit-McPhee manages to stay just the right side of irritating with his nicely judged portrait of a silly young man hopelessly out of his depth. These two actors contrast and complement each other perfectly as they make their episodic pilgrim-like progress, bouncing off a delightfully varied ensemble cast.

With a labyrinthine plot and an elusive moral compass, the film manages to pack in more characters, more set pieces, and more sheer fun than movies twice its length. Slow West leaves you hungry for more, and wondering, with anticipation, what next we can expect from this talented writer/director at the start of his career.
By David Vass
Monday 23rd November 2015

Uncle Vanya, Open Space Theatre - a review
With its focus on the self-worth, the work ethic, and ecological disaster, Chekov’s Uncle Vanya has become spookily prescient. On the opening night of their tour, the cast of Open Space Theatre jumped headlong into this maelstrom of ideas with their customary commitment, offering up a classic Chekov primer, done straight, with a genuine respect for the text.

Drenched in misery and alcohol, Uncle Vanya is tragic, but it is also absurd, and David Green’s direction tackled this dichotomy head on in a handsomely dressed production with some fine ensemble work from its hard working cast. Tim Hall comfortably bore the mammoth role of Uncle Vanya on his broad shoulders, while Cathy Gill was every bit as good as his touchingly gauche niece. Of particular note was Emma Martin, whose acting skills demonstrably grow with each production she appears in.

The pace could do with cranking up a notch, and the blend of comedy and tragedy needs clearer delineation, but all this will come as the actors work things through in front of an audience. Fundamentally, it is the ambition of taking on such a challenging play that should be acknowledged, and then should be applauded.
By David Vass
Friday 20th November 2015

Luke Wright’s Stand Up Poetry Club with Francesca Beard - a review
Absent for too long, Luke Wright returned with his Poetry Club to one of the Corn Hall’s many pop up venues. Upstairs at the salubrious Scole Inn we were treated to new work from Luke, and a genre defying set from performance poetry royalty, Francesca Beard.

Luke shared some classic Essex reminiscing, a very funny love poem, and an oddly moving account of watching telly late at night, but used the bulk of his allotted time to share the delights of univocalism. Was that an artsy, classy act? Was that a flashy syntax prank? Frankly, can’t say. Can say what a smart man, and can say what a damn hard task.

Francesca Beard stretched the definition of spoken word performance with her treatise on the art of telling untruths. This was a celebration of how ordinary folk - you and me - unwittingly turn into story tellers every time we shade and colour what we say. She delegated readings, got the room to turn in on itself, and asked more questions than she answered. Seductive, engaging, and curiously elusive, she left you with the intriguing thought that performance might be the biggest lie of all.
By Ginger Lane
Saturday 14th November 2015

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