Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Tue 07 Jul 10:00 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
A Brief Introduction to the Art of Book Folding - Rushanne Young
Workshops Book/Details
Wed 08 Jul 7:30 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
Testament of Youth (12A) at Diss High School
Cinema Book/Details
Sat 11 Jul 5:45 Summer Garden Party at Bressingham Gardens Music & Dance Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Check out our first Corn Hall On Tour programme of events for July to September.

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.

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

Testament of Youth - a pre-screening review
Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth is a formative text of the twentieth century, a hugely influential work that continues to shape our understanding of the Great War, and all wars. The 1970s BBC adaptation, with Cheryl Campbell’s towering performance at its heart, was an excellent adaptation of this dense and complex text in serial form. Brave then, is the man that takes it on and attempts to package it within the confines of a two hour movie. Director James Kent has done that, and has made a terrific version that is accessible, yet moving.

The terrifyingly youthful cast is uniformly excellent, with Alicia Vikander particularly strong in the central role. There’s some nice support from the older generation too - Dominic West’s cleverly understated stoical father is very strong. Rob Hardy’s cinematography is handsome throughout – the film moves from the bucolic splendour of the English countryside to the nightmare visions of a Paul Nash painting – all the while counterpointed by Max Richter’s haunting score.

Juliette Towhidi’s screenplay inevitably sacrifices some of the subtler nuances of Brittain’s memoir, but her unapologetic broad brush gives a well told story of new lease of life. The necessity of stripping the story to the bone gives the film the air of a parable – perhaps even a Greek Tragedy. We are never in doubt where things are headed, and the drama is all the more powerful for that.

This is the first of the Corn Hall On Tour films to be screened at Diss High School.

By David Vass

Saturday 4th July 2015

Corn Hall Comedy Club - Steve Hall and Vikki Stone
The final Comedy Club before the refurbishment of the Corn Hall featured two very different comedians, Steve Hall and Vikki Stone. First Steve Hall in his understated and charming manner previewed his Edinburgh show 'Zebra' which took the audience through the trials of being a new parent and what it's like hating other people's children, and also featured anecdotes starring a drunk Anita Dobson, Kermit the Frog and a liaison between Steve's aunt and the actor Robert Mitchum.

Sadly I cannot go into detail about this liaison, and for similar reasons neither can I go into detail about Vikki Stones' hilarious songs which included odes to Phillip Schofield, the scientist Brian Cox and Sam (everyone present will remember Sam for a while!). Vikki raced across the stage in the opening half of her set featuring new material playing Key-tar, flute, clarinet and violin bemoaning social media and explaining the difficulties of becoming a star flute player, before settling down behind the keyboards to rattle through her established songs. It was great to have such a unique performer in the final Corn Hall Comedy Club in its current state before the refurbishment.

The next Comedy Club goes ‘on tour’ to Diss Rugby Club on 31st July. Details of the location can be found on this website.
By Robbie Sunderland
Sunday 28th June 2015

Mishaped Pearls presented by FolkEast - a review
The Corn Hall was treated to one last night of live music before its imminent closure for refurbishment by Misshaped Pearls, who provided a fitting swansong for the venue with their elegiac, pastoral music.

Support was provided Daisy Vaughn, a local artist with an astonishing voice. Accompanied only by her guitar, she provided the perfect contrast the big sounds to come from the headline act. Fronted by the imposing figure of German-born mezzo soprano Manuela Schuette, the aptly name Misshaped Pearls defy categorisation. Notionally folk, Massimo Troiani’s heavy basslines are reminiscent of the Afro Celt Sound System, while the Andrew Sleightholme’s loops trigger memories of early Hawkwind. There are moments of Steve Reich in Tom Finigan’s insistent mandolin, while Laurel Pardue’s emphatic violin brought to mind Ennio Morricone. But whatever the inspiration for this eclectic, edgy music, all of it was beautifully and crispy performed by this super talented and super cool seven piece band.

The Corn Hall’s commitment to folk music over the last few years has made it a key venue for audiences and performers of traditional music. As the Hall embarks on a new era, it is perhaps fitting that this final performance came from a band that is so radically redefining the genre.
By David Vass
Sunday 21st June 2015

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