Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 04 May 7:15 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Bridge of Spies (12A) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH - N.B. EARLY START
Cinema Book/Details
Wed 04 May 7:30 Mere Players presents:
Gaslight - a Victorian thriller at Roydon Village Hall
Theatre Book/Details
Thu 05 May 6:00 Norwich Writers Centre & Diss Library presents:
Brave New Reads Launch Event - Diss Library, IP22 4DD
Word Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

While the Corn Hall is being refurbed, join us at our 'On Tour' events - same great quality and variety, just different locations.

Our Box Office is still open too. You'll find us in our temporary home across the road from the Corn Hall at DesignerMakers, 21 St Nicholas Street. Open 10am-4pm daily, except Tuesday and Sunday.


Corn Hall Progress Update

Hurrah! Contractors Pentaco are now on site and work on the Corn Hall has commenced. First up they will start with the demolition of the 1970s extension. The original 1850s Hall will have nothing demolished – in fact when we have finished it will be near to its former glory.

The big change is that we will have a new extension giving us a foyer with an enlarged box office and gallery, leading to a new bar and cafe. The upper floor of the extension will house additional loos, performer’s dressing room, a learning zone with exhibition space and an office and will include lift access.

The Waveney Room and Council Chamber will be improved with additional facilities to make them more flexible spaces suitable for classes, workshops and community activities, as well as less formal events.

The Main Hall will be smartened up to give the audience a much more comfortable experience with underfloor heating installed and better acoustics. Retractable seating will allow us to make the Hall more inimate for small productions, but able to quickly close the seating so the whole Hall can be used.

We have done lots of testing so we hope we don’t encounter too many snags – always the problem with an old building needing repair. If we don’t suffer major hold-ups, construction should take about 50 weeks, with re-opening in early 2017.

For further updates on progess, check back here or go to the News section on the Heritage Triangle website www.heritagetriangle.co.uk

Meanwhile – enjoy the Corn Hall On Tour and many thanks for all your support.

The Corn Hall Team
Contact: 01379 652241 or boxoffice@disscornhall.co.uk

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.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.

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.

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Bridge of Spies - a pre-screening review


Stephen Spielberg proves once again that he is one of the world’s great story tellers, turning what could have been a slight drama of cold war spy-swaps into an agonisingly tense, elegantly constructed, and superbly crafted thriller.

John Le Carre’s shabby world of bad faith and broken promises is so well engrained in our understanding of espionage it’s something of a culture shock to be told such an even handed,positive story of James Donovan’s decency and moral courage. He was always there, both in the history books and in Matt Charman’s script, but it’s a mark of Spielberg’s skill that we so quickly and easily find him believable. Tom Hanks, at his avuncular best, deserves credit too. His performance isan object lesson in old fashioned personality driven acting. It’s also the antithesis of what Mark Rylance brings to a role – the actor utterly subsumed in service to his character. Not only do they play men on either side of the political divide – they are men of either side of the acting profession.
Both excellent, yet completely different, their scenes together are hypnotic.

If that were not enough, we get Berlin as the wall goes up, a superbly staged (and heart-stoppingly tense) U2 crash landing, and some classic court room drama. This is deeply satisfying and pure storytelling from the master of popular, yet intelligent, cinema.
Thursday 28th April 2016

Taxi Tehran - a pre-screening review
After upsetting the Iranian government with his realist dramas about everyday life in Iran, Jafar Panahi was banned from making films. Despite being threatened with imprisonment, Tehran Taxi is his third movie in defiance of that ban, filmed within the confines of a taxi that Panahi drives around Iran’s capital city.

This is an artfully chaotic film, packed with improbable archetypes, all wanting a lift from a perennially bemused Panahi. Playfully and continually breaking the forth wall – one of the characters accuses Panahi of populating his taxi with actors – the film nonetheless gradually builds a grim anecdotal picture of life in modern Iran. We learn about the inequality of women, profound censorship, and the terrible abuse of human rights. It would be wrong, however, to imagine this is an unremittingly dark and troubling film. Panahi leavens his message with humour and whimsy. A DVD bootlegger, two women carrying a goldfish bowl, a human rights lawyer distributing roses, are just
some of the eccentric passengers he helps on their way.

Most touching is the character of his niece, played by his real niece, whose recounting of the rules of film making, learned in class, serves as a rubric of everything Panahi is fighting against. Who can say how long he can keep this up, but judging from the films abrupt and shocking end, it’s a question that is in the forefront of his mind.
Thursday 21st April 2016

Saturday Club: Steve Antony - a review
Today we went to watch Steve Antony at the The Corn Hall Saturday Club .

Steve Antony showed us his sketch book and told us how he came up with the ideas of what to write about, he had a dream about lizards and rectangles fighting and he turned that into a book. And he thought more people should say please so he wrote a book about a panda that hands out doughnuts but does not give them to anyone he offers them to except the merecat because the merecat said please.

Then Steve read us some of his books. He even read us a book called Monster in the Hood and that book is not even in the book shops yet!

After that Steve showed us how to draw his character Mr Panda who gave out the doughnuts and another character called Mr Toucan from his books about Betty the Gorilla.

I really enjoyed coming to hear Steve talk and I hope everyone who came along did too!!

By Eadie Bee Rae
Tuesday 19th April 2016

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