Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 29 Jun 7:15 Corn Hall on tour presents:
The Revenant (15) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH - N.B. EARLY START
Cinema Book/Details
Mon 04 Jul 7:30 Tracing the History of your House with Norfolk Records Office at St Mary's Church Hall, Diss Word Book/Details
Wed 06 Jul 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Dad's Army (PG) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema 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

The Revenant - Weds 29 June - a pre-screening review
When Leonardo DiCaprio won this year’s best actor Oscar there were disingenuous mumblings that this was largely due to it being his turn. On the contrary, DiCaprio gives a masterfully mature performance as Hugh Glass, a man left for dead in the wilderness, who then crawls half way across America in pursuance of those who wronged him.

Finally casting off the pretty boy good looks that have so frequently masked what a fine actor he is, DiCaprio relies more upon physicality than the spoken word, to mesmerising effect. Tom Hardy, as the psychotic John Fitzgerald, is not so pretty either, offering up a spittle-flecked performance of ferocious intensity, and while Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson are more measured, they are just as good. All of them, however, play second fiddle to the technical brilliance of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. The images of the West he presents are so beautiful that they come close to distracting from the momentum of the narrative, notwithstanding the muscular bravado of Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s direction.

I could have happily lost the spiritual flashbacks, as Glass’s traumatised mind drifts back to his Native American wife, but put them aside and this is a supercharged film that gobbles up its screen time, yet has a depth and grand sweep more usually associated with long form television - a rare example of a film that is both a spectacle and an intelligent commentary on human nature.
By David Vass
Wednesday 15th June 2016

The Big Short - a pre-screening
Anyone who was fortunate enough to catch Ramin Bahrani’s excellent 99 Homes, a film that mercilessly exposed the fallout from the collapse of the US mortgage market, is sure to be enthralled by Adam Mckay’s exploration of the flip side of that seismic event. Loosely based on Michael Lewis’s similarly titled work of non-fiction, The Big Short is the story of the men that saw the collapse coming, and bet on it.
Though funny and engaging, it couldn’t be further from the whimsy of Mckay’s Anchorman series, and though packed with stars, this is an ensemble work. While Carell and Gosling are larger than life, Bale and Pitt offer performances that are unusually understated. What all of them do, and brilliantly, is map out with startling clarity the venal criminality of the events that led to a global crisis. It’s a mark of their skills, and the quality of Charles Randolph’s screenplay, that we find ourselves rooting for men staking millions on folk losing their homes and their jobs and their dignity.
The film fizzes with an energy throughout – imagine the impish charm of Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People suffused with the intelligence of an Aaron Sorkin script and you’re getting somewhere close to a movie that takes banking and makes it interesting, takes a complicated concept and makes it compelling, and leaves its audience both thorough entertained and quietly furious.
By David Vass
Thursday 9th June 2016

Director Zara Urushadze had the misfortune to receive his Oscar nomination for best foreign film in the same year as to Paweł Pawlikowski, and so ultimately lost out to Ida. Consequently, we’ve had to wait until the end of last year for a UK release for Tangerines, an uncompromising anti-war film set in post- Soviet Caucasus at the height of the early nineties conflict.

In the wake of the war between Georgians and Abkhazians whole villages were left deserted as ethic Esthonians fled for their lives, but Urushadze’s film concerns two farmers who stayed put. Played with understated charm by Elmo Nüganen and Lembit Ulfsak, Margus and Ivo exude a quiet, stoic bravery when circumstances lead to them nurse both a Georgian and a Chechen, who do little else but bicker through the conflict with an almost Beckettian absurdity.

This is an angry, indigent film, but not without humour, and its lightness of touch reminds us that these are all fundamentally ordinary men thrown together by circumstance. Each of them grows and changes in a way that is dramatic yet completely believable - the audience finds itself caring deeply about the fate of, not just Ivo and Margus, but also the men that have intruded into their lives - something which makes the exciting, tense conclusion all the harder to bear.
By David Vass

Thursday 26th May 2016

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