Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 29 Apr 8:00 My Old Lady (12A) Cinema Book/Details
Thu 30 Apr 7:30 National Theatre Live (as live screening) presents:
A View From the Bridge
Screen Arts Book/Details
Fri 01 May 7:30 Raymond Froggatt Music & Dance Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

08 April to 30 April Life is but a Dream by Jonathan Gibbs Details

Take a look through our exciting programme.

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

Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot review
For the audience at last weeks Saturday Club shoes will never be quite the same again. Every character in Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot presented by Garlic Theatre was made from some form of footwear; knee high boots, slippers, plimsoles the list goes on. Each puppet also had a vastly different style of movement, from the frenetic hops of the one legged Bunion, to the graceful bounds of the Shoe Kangaroo.

The Big Bad Boot had sneaked its way onto One Shoe Island, the home of the Shoe Kangaroo, where it began to consume the residents of the island, in the process becoming larger and more evil.

After the show the audience were invited to study the puppets and Mark Pitman the performer and co-director of Garlic theatre talked them through how he created such original and inventive characters. I imagine that since then the younger members of the audience have been eyeing up their families shoe collections and creating their own creatures!
Tuesday 28th April 2015

My Old Lady - a pre-screening review
Adapted from his own play, Israel Horowitz’s directorial debut is a confection with a bitter centre. Rather oddly mis-sold as a comedy of manners, My Old Lady is something far more thought provoking and substantial.

Starring Kevin Kline, as a no hoper New Yorker trying his luck, he is easily upstaged by Maggie Smith, the eponymous old lady that has bad manners to still be alive at ninety two when he comes to take possession of his flat. After innumerable cookie cutter roles leaching off the success of Downton Abbey it’s something of a revelation to see that she still can act when needs be, as she manages to infuse a selfish, self-centred woman with charm and resilience. When Kristin Scott Thomas enters the fray, playing a junior version of her curmudgeonly mother, all the components are in place in this tightly constructed chamber piece. Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether this is a story about misanthropes, or written by one, but Horowitz’s great coup is to avoid the tropes and baggage one associates with films about grumpy folk battling with each other, instead offering a dark meditation on memory, betrayal and guilt.

One can’t help think a better film would have come from handing his script over to a more practised director – there’s no denying there’s an unevenness of tone here – but neither can one deny that Horowitz has delivered a far better film, and a far bolder one, than its saccharin publicity gave us reason to expect.
By David Vass
Monday 27th April 2015

A Strange Wild Song by Rhum and Clay - a review
The Rhum and Clay Theatre Company use their considerable skills in physical theatre to tell the touching story of an American soldier, lost in a ruined French village, who befriends three children amongst the rubble.

Loosely based on the work of Belgian photographer Leon Giepel, the pathos of images left to us by history is wrought through a dual timescale, with each member of the company playing two roles. Peter Wiedmann does an excellent job of anchoring the production as grandfather and grandson, while the other members of the company skilfully switch from clowning to caricature. Cleverly mirroring the relationship between children and adults, the same actors are both playful young boys, and detached modern day historians. With haunting musical accompaniment from Leila Woozeer and really imaginative staging, the company manages to evoke two completely different worlds bound together by mute images.

Although some of the choreographed set pieces outstay their welcome – one can’t help thinking the original one hour version was sharper and more focused – the play is nonetheless consistently engaging. Without lapsing into tired cliché, Rhum and Clay tell a simple, intimate story that reverberates way beyond the confines of its narrative.
By David Vass
Friday 24th April 2015

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