Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 01 Apr 8:00 Paddington (PG) Cinema Book/Details
Tue 07 Apr 7:15 Royal Opera House - encore screening presents:
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Screen Arts Book/Details
Wed 08 Apr 8:00 The Babadook (15) Cinema Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

04 May to 30 May Bee Inspired by Local artists and designers Details

Take a look through our exciting new 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

March Corn Hall Comedy Club - review
More host than compere, Lewis Schaffer opened the Corn Hall comedy night as he meant to go on, with a self-loathing, nihilistic routine that was both daring and hilarious. His curious mix of avuncular charm and scabrous taboo-busting marks him out a true original - a fabulously assured compere who is as fearless as he is funny.

With his lugubrious northern twang, Ian Curtis followed – like a petulant man-child blessed with a precise and inventive mind. His analysis of search engines was reminiscent of the heady days of Jasper Carrot, while his flight of fancy over aggressive carbonation was inspired.

Headliner Dave Johns’s shambolic, discursive style perfectly suited a comedy night at ease with itself, and though his extended skit on Goldfinger was as funny as his singing voice was painful, he was at his best when wandering off message, content to see where it goes before pulling it back like the old pro he is.

As we left, there was Schaffer again, shaking the hand of everyone and thanking them for coming. This was a surprise, but also a lovely touch, and just right for an evening that is as warm as it is funny.
By David Vass
Sunday 29th March 2015

Paddington - a pre-screening review
Coming next Wednesday 1st April!
Paddington Bear is held in such affection that news of its film adaptation was met with a mix of wariness and scepticism. Within minutes of watching Paul King’s movie, however, the abiding emotion is one of relief as it quickly becomes apparent that we are not just seeing a charming, sweet-natured family film, but one that pays due homage to Michael Bond’s marvellous creation. Full of wit and fun, Paddington is a constant and absolute delight from beginning to end.

Fans of the original will be pleased to see Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry, and that the refugee implications of Jim Broadbent’s Mr Gruber are not shied away from, while for audiences less familiar with the books there is some token villainy from Nicole Kidman. But the heart of the film, as with the books, is Paddington’s life with the Browns, brilliantly played by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. Credit must also go to Ben Whishaw, who along with some superbly subtle CGI work, makes you forget within minutes that you are watching anything other than a charming young bear from Peru.

Constantly entertaining for the little ones, packed with sly jokes to keep the older little ones amused, and crammed with invention and good humour, this is nothing less than a heart-warming celebration of life that leaves your face aching from the silly grin it’s been wearing for the film’s all too brief ninety minutes.
By David Vass
Friday 27th March 2015

Gone Girl - a pre-screening review
In a brilliant return to form for David Fincher, Gone Girl blends the precision of Zodiac with the playfulness of The Game, presenting a finely crafted essay on deception, vengeance and murder. Part murder mystery, part social satire, the film manages to confound its audience with a gleeful wit.

The main characters all adopt and discard personalities as befits their situation – if there is a true self on show it remains hidden – leaving us in the company of an unlikeable, yet strangely compelling, couple. There is able support from Affleck’s improbable twin sister Carrie Koon, and an unusually competent police presence in the shape of a nuanced performance from Kim Dickens, but this film is all about the lead performers. Clever casting allows Ben Affleck to be shifty without alienating his audience, while the opaque Rosamund Pike is a fittingly blank canvas for the audience to project their theories on to. And what theories we have! Just as you think you have the measure of the movie it throws away what you think you’ve worked out, leaving you to wonder where it’s going next.

To say more would be to greatly diminish the pleasure of its corkscrew plot, cleverly adapted by Gillian Flynn from her novel. Suffice to say that despite a lengthy running time, the film never bores, or settles on mood. Whether that makes for an uneven tone or bold shifts in style is for the viewer to decide, but the ride is enormous fun.
By David Vass
Tuesday 24th March 2015

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