Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 23 Jul 8:00 The Past (12A) Cinema Book/Details
Thu 24 Jul 7:00 The Pythons presents:
Monty Python LIVE (Mostly) - Encore screening
Comedy Book/Details
Thu 24 Jul 7:00 Monty Python Live (Mostly) - encore screening Screen Arts Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

21 July to 09 August Mystical Creatures by Tory Lawrence Details

Take a look at our new event brochure - out now!

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 nearly £50,000, so we're almost 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 £50,000.

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.

STOP PRESS: National Theatre screening SKYLIGHT has been added to our programme.

Skylight by David Hare stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy and will be screened on Thursday 31 July at 7.30pm.

Our ‘live’ satellite screenings from the National Theatre, Glyndebourne and other top venues are proving very popular. These screenings allow you to enjoy world class productions right on your doorstep!

New live screenings can be added to the programme at quite short notice, so to keep up with the latest line-up, for more information and to book tickets, go to the Screen Arts section of our website. You can also call the Corn Hall box office 01379 652241.

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 Grand Budapest Hotel - a pre-screening review
Wes Anderson makes unique, stylised films that are as much about form as content. He really is an auteur. He also divides the room. Fans gobble up everything he does with a hunger that can be undiscriminating and partial, while gainsayers find him affected and irritating. The Grand Budapest Hotel just might be the film to bring both camps together.

Whether it’s the East European locations or Ralph Fiennes’s superbly judged lead performance or that Anderson has packed this one with heavyweight talent, somehow the whimsy really works this time. The freshness of his cast - Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, F Murray Abraham – really invigorates what had tended towards indulgent in the past.

The real star, however, is the Hotel itself. Sumptuously dressed, ludicrously overblown and beautifully shot, the Hotel reminds us of a time we think we know of, but probably never was. The images Anderson puts on screen alone would entertain, and that’s perhaps just as well. The film swiftly turns from a comedy of manners to an unravelling caper movie - those looking for coherent plot need look elsewhere. But for those wanted to confection as delightful as the Courtisane au Chocolat in the film, this could be the one that gets Anderson’s critics to think again.
By David Vass

Sunday 13th July 2014

Kakatsitsi Royal Drummers of Ghana - this Friday
There are over a hundred stages at Glastonbury, many of them little more than upturned beer crates, so when an act promotes itself with a previous appearance at the granddaddy of all festivals, it’s easy to be a tad sceptical. It was, therefore, quite a surprise to realise that Kakatsitsi were not only on at West Holts last year, one of the big three open air stages, but that out of the thousands of performances to choose from, it was one of acts I saw.
Part of the perennially eclectic offering at Pilton, they were sandwiched on my itinerary between the Penguin Café Orchestra and Marcus Brigstocke – another artist using Glastonbury as a warm up for Diss. Their performance was a brilliant collaboration with the Orb, but in case there is any misunderstanding they were far more than the Orb’s rhythmic backing band. On the contrary, Fluffy White Clouds quickly receded into no more that the melodic underpinning for the hypnotic drumming and singing of Kakatsitsi, leaving a sun soaked audience hungry for more.

The chance to see them perform in their own right is both intriguing and exciting, and having only recently returned from a considerably wetter, muddier Glastonbury, is sure to evoke some very happy memories for me. For the uninitiated, I can only say that this is an act you really should make the effort to see.
By David Vass
Monday 7th July 2014

The Roving Crows - a review
The Roving Crows delivered their own very particular brand of rock/folk fusion on Saturday at the Corn Hall, rousing the crowd into dancing away on an unusually sweltering evening.

Front man Paul O’Neill, with occasional nods towards Dylan, for the most part snarls his way through a set somewhere between Roger Walters and Mark Knophler. O’Neill’s dry wit is best summed up by the mordant humour of Long Time Dead and President Garfield’s Night Out - though tellingly, it was in the song about his recently deceived brother, that he showed where his heart was.

His laconic guitar playing is complemented perfectly by the elfin voice and the accomplished fiddle of fellow founder member, the statuesque Caitlin Barrett. It’s their able backing however that gives the Crows their distinctive sound. Greg Wilson-Copp parps on his horn with a feel more usually associated with ska, while the rhythm section of Tim Tollhurst and Loz Shaw have something of the dark arts of jazz about them.

Their feet may be firmly planted in the folk tradition, but with shades of Penguin Café Orchestra, the Levellers and even New Model Army, it makes for an exotic musical cocktail.
By David Vass
Tuesday 24th June 2014

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