Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 27 Jul 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Trumbo (15) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema Book/Details
Fri 29 Jul 7:30 DissFest 2016 presents:
Film: With Love from Suffolk at Diss Youth & Community Centre
DissFest 16 Book/Details
Fri 29 Jul 7:30 DissFest presents:
Doug MacLeod at St Mary's, Diss
DissFest 16 Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Have a look at our great events throughout July to September!

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

Work is progressing well on the Corn Hall. All the demolition work on the 1970s extension is complete, the base layer of the new floor in the main auditorium has been laid and very soon the first stages of the new build element of the project will start! Contractors Pentaco remain hopeful that they will be able to hand over the building to us for reopening in early January 2017.

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.

The DCH Blog

Trumbo - a pre-screening review

There are countless examples of Hollywood exploring the McCarthy witch hunts of the 50s, perhaps seeing these films as an opportunity to hit back against an attack on the industry. What most of these films share, from Woody Allen’s The Front to Jim Carrey’s The Majestic is a righteous indignation at being wrongly accused. What sets Tumbo apart, is that he really is a communist, and unashamedly so.

Dalton Trumbo was one of the “Hollywood 10” that served time for defying the HUAC, and is beautifully brought to life by Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston. The actor disappears into the role he completely embodies, a witty, stubborn, irascible but deeply principled man. He’s surrounded by a marvellous supporting cast. John Goodman provides comic relief as Frank King, the filmmaker that does business with a baseball bat, while Helen Mirren has great fun chewing on the evil words gossip columnist Hedda Hopper supplies for her.

Director Jay Roach is best known for the broad comedy of Austin Powers and the Fockers, so it’s no surprise that he brings a lightness of touch to what could have been an unremittingly grim tale. Far from taking away from the seriousness of the subject, this only serves to emphasise the pragmatism and good humour needed to get through those difficult times. To that extent, this spirited film may be the most accurate evocation of the period yet.
Friday 22nd July 2016

Room - a pre-screening review
Lenny Abrahamson is proving to be a remarkably versatile, almost contrary, director. Having made a name out of empathising with troubled souls – first with Richard, in What Richard Did and then with Jon Ronson’s Frank, it is as if he has decided, in tone and perspective, to look down the other end of the telescope.

The troubled soul in Room is a shadowy, whining brute of a captor known only as Old Nick, but we see the action from the point of view of Jack, a child born of the kidnapping and imprisonment Old Nick imposes on Jack’s mother. Emma Donoghue’s superb adaptation of her own novel looks as if its worldview will stretch only so far as the eleven foot square room in which they are trapped. But then the storyline takes a surprising, not to say thrilling, turn at the midpoint of the film (if you haven’t seen the plot spoiling trailer, consider yourself lucky). Neither a horror film nor a thriller, the movie eschews the expected trajectory of jeopardy, instead offering up a poignant and thought-provoking examination of what life after a crisis might really be like.

By focusing on the heart-breaking and tender relationship between mother and child, made painfully real by the brilliant performances of Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson, the movie has a rare authenticity, and is thereby saved from descending into mawkish sentimentality. Instead, it leaves the viewer with an unsettling but mature insight into the fallout from a heinous crime.
By David Vass
Thursday 7th July 2016

Dad’s Army - a pre-screening review
This was surely one of the most anticipated films of 2016, so it is a great relief to discover that it has been made with obvious affection and respect for the original series. Dispensing with the tiresome exposition that dragged down the 1971 film, we are plunged straight into the action, introducing newcomers to Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard with some slapstick fun, while offering up nods and winks to those of us more familiar with the characters.

The casting of is impeccable. At the centre of the action is Toby Jones, who wisely shifts Mannering away from the inimitable Arthur Lowe, while retaining the same mix of buffoonery and pathos. His wistful longing for Catherine Zeta-Jones (popping up like a guest on the Muppet Show) is funny and poignant. In the 90 minutes available, it’s inevitable that some characters have to take a back seat, so given the tragic and premature death of James Beck, it’s rather sweet that Private Walker has such a prominent role. He is superbly played by Daniel Mays with a fitting to tribute to the original cast member mirrored by Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Bill Nighy and so many others.

The comedy is sometimes broad – occasionally lapsing into Carry On territory - but then so was the television series. Defy the snooty critics that have misremembered the original as a masterwork of great subtlety (it wasn’t) and there is much to enjoy in this rollicking tale of foolish, yet very brave, men.
By David Vass

Thursday 30th June 2016

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