|Wed 12 Mar 8:00||In A World (15)||Cinema||Book/Details|
|Thu 13 Mar 7:30||The Reduced Shakespeare Company - The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)||Theatre||Book/Details|
|Sat 15 Mar 2:00||
Teasel Productions presents presents:
The Saturday Club - Grisly Tales From Tumblewater
|05 March to 28 March||The Furthest Lands by Norman Ackroyd R A||Details|
Take a look at our new brochure to see the exciting things coming up in January-March and beyond.
In the Gallery this month - the work of one of our most celebrated landscape artists.
Norman Ackroyd has a worldwide reputation and his etchings are always highly sought after at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which he co-ordinated in 2013.
Weather, landscape and water are the stuff of his highly experimental and atmospheric compositions – and in this exhibition, 'The Furthest Lands', he records his coastal travels, from the flatlands of North Norfolk to the jagged cliffs of the Shetlands.
Evening viewing Wednesday 5 March 6.30 - 7.45pm
David Case, formerly a director of Marlborough Fine Art, will give a brief introduction to the exhibition at 7pm.
Join us afterward for our screening of Le Week-End.
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 corn hall provides the home for a thriving arts venue offering a lively programme of regular high quality entertainment, from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.
The DCH Blog
Kiss me, Figaro! - a review
The Merry Opera Company have performed in Diss several times, and on each occasion they manage to ring the changes – always presenting something new and frequently inspired, their shows always have an infectious joy and warm-hearted appreciation for the opera they seek to promote.
Kiss Me Figaro is perhaps their most ambitious production yet, both in its themes and its production. It’s a convoluted meta-show, using pieces from opera (most notably Puccini’s La Boheme and Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, to drive forward the story of romance within a touring opera company.
Though all acquitted themselves well, the major honours must go to Joe Morgan and Kristine Finnigan, both captivating every time they sung. Finnigan proved she could act as well as sing, as did Matthew Quirk as her estranged husband. Quirk, whose comic timing was a revelation, was the lynchpin for the sometimes wayward narrative. And a special mention for Tom Lowe – I am always puzzled that he isn’t given more to do in productions. When given his moment in the sun, he always blasts it out and is surely one of their most gifted performers.
At times, the 20th century music sat uneasily with the operatic numbers, but a mash up of styles is what the company is about, and as juke box musicals go, John Ramster has done well to integrate so many popular numbers into his storyline. This is an accessible, clever and relentlessly inventive show that can be enjoyed by newcomers to opera and buffs alike.
By David Vass
Friday 7th March 2014
Le Week-End (15) - A pre-screening review
It’s ironic that a film set in France, home to the auteur theory, should be so much more the writer’s film, than the director’s. Roger Michell handles his duties well enough, but this is Hanif Kureishi’s distinctively acerbic take on life. At times, the observations of the film, and characters he has created, are so casually cruel and wickedly truthful, those of a similar generation will surely have to look away.
This is a film about real people, in all their spiky, funny, nasty, petulant, messy glory and (like the life it mirrors), no easy answers are offered. It centres on a complex and contrary couple that need the acting skills of Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan to be bearable. Even so, they are difficult people to share time with, and it’s just at the right time that Jeff Goldblum enters the mix, surprisingly and effectively underplaying his role. A lesser film might have used a chance encounter to set up a tiresome resolution, but Kureishi is too smart for that, and too keen to keep his story grounded.
This is a brainy film for third agers, and the very antithesis of the glut of cosy mush coming out for the 50+ generation at the moment. That said, it ends on a moment so blissfully evocative that only a face made of stone could avoid smiling in rueful recognition.
By David Vass
Sunday 2nd March 2014
Courtney Pine - House of Legends Tour
In the last 20 years, no one has done more to transform the British jazz scene than Courtney Pine, broadening its appeal to a wider audience. He broadened it as far as Diss on Saturday, in a transformative set of astonishing virtuosity.
Playing music from his latest album, House of Legends, Courtney divided his time between the soprano sax and the bizarre EWI. This oxymoronic electric wind instrument showcased Pine’s dexterity and creativity in equal measure. He seemed to delight in playing a live mix of different sounds on top of each other, and then undercut any suggestion of pretension by switched the instrument to emit the sound of bagpipes or play “Pop goes the Weasel”. It was typical of Pine’s good humour – here is a man comfortable with his own excellence, yet grounded in an honest love of his music. Cameron Pierre on guitar was perhaps first among equals, but in truth the whole band was uniformly excellent, allowing Pine the freedom to roam musically, and then towards the end of the set, physically.
Nonchalantly wandering off stage, he proceeded to take his sax for a walk around the Corn Hall, shaking hands and dancing with folk, and all the while playing. It was a typically warm and inclusive gesture. When he asked the crowd to stand for the final few numbers, there was a palpable sense of release. The audience eagerly jumped up, and was soon swaying and clapping and cheering with unmitigated approval for this world class performer.
Review by David Vass, photograph by Lucy Kayne
Saturday 1st March 2014