Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Sat 20 Dec 11:00 Diss Corn Hall & The Keepers Daughter presents:
The Perils of Pinocchio
Family Book/Details
Sat 20 Dec 4:00 Diss Corn Hall & The Keepers Daughter presents:
The Perils of Pinocchio
Family Book/Details
Sun 21 Dec 11:00 Diss Corn Hall & The Keepers Daughter presents:
The Perils of Pinocchio
Family Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

03 December to 20 December Cartoons & Watercolours 2014 by Mike Webb Details

We wish all our customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year and thank you so much for your wonderful support and generosity!

Not only did we make our fundraising target of £100,000, we totally smashed it! In all, through your kindness, we have raised £125,000 - thank you Diss!

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

The Perils of Pinocchio - a review
The Corn Hall’s Christmas show once again demonstrated what community theatre can achieve. In a marked contrast to the gentle melancholy of last year’s Wind in the Willows, this years’ Perils of Pinocchio was a determinedly more knockabout affair. There were still jokes for Mum and Dad to enjoy, but for the most part, a family audience was kept entertained with well-choreographed prat falls and wince inducing Christmas cracker jokes.

In a production where the most important element was enthusiasm, it seems invidious to point out individual performances, but Henry (director Mark was keen we were on first name terms with his crew) did a great job of carrying the show as Pinocchio. Robbie brought his badger like gravitas to Geppetto, while Grant and Penny made a fine Fox and Cat. It was, though, Ben that commanded the stage - as the evil Mozzarelli he was the classic pantomime villain.

This sort of productions demands good staging, and it should be said that the sets and costumes were excellent, as was Will’s imaginative lighting design, while the use of puppetry was simply good fun. This sort of event brings the best out of local communities, and surely exemplifies the true spirit of the season. And what’s more, there’s still a chance to catch one of four more performances this weekend.
by David Vass
Friday 19th December 2014

Begin Again - a pre-screening review
Eight years after John Carney wowed the Sundance festival with Once, he is back busking on the streets again, having moved the action from Dublin to New York. This time he has bigger stars and a bigger budget.

Fans of Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo are well served by their naturalistic performances – she is characteristically fey, while he is typically gruff – and there is some solid backup from a strong supporting cast. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine bravely plays an egotistical sell-out rather well, while Catherine Keeler as the ex-wife brings sophisticated understatement to what is sometimes a broad brush affair. The elephant in the room is not so much Knightley’s voice – she is set up as a songwriter, not a singer – but Gregg Alexander’s songs. To accept them as works of genius does require a suspension of disbelief, but reports of an overproduced sound miss the point. This is, in all but name, a musical.

The real star of the movie, in any case, is New York itself. Knightley and Ruffalo play in the shadow of the Empire State Building, under the Washington Arch, and on the boating lake of Central Park. They hang out in grungy East Village, and wander around gaudy Times Square. As a love letter to the city it is set in, this is probably the best since Woody Allen shot Manhattan over 35 years ago.
By David Vass
Thursday 4th December 2014

Of Horses and Men - a pre-screening review
Of Horses and Men, is a quirky, and sometimes bleak, examination of the men and women whose lives revolve around the pony sized Icelandic horse, and is almost certainly unlike anything you’ve seen before.
This is director Bendikt Erlingson’s first film - a quite unique mix of tragedy and farce. Assisted by an excellent musical score by David Thor Jonsson, and beautifully filmed in the great Icelandic outdoors, it is about horses, but it’s also about the curiously claustrophobic community that relies on them. Sometimes funny, sometimes bizarre, but always intriguing, this is a window into a world where the skyline is dotted with the twinkling of sunlight reflected off the binoculars of your nosey neighbour, and where, ironically, there is usually very little for that neighbour to see.
Everyone involved in the film rides and loves horses, and their empathy with the animals is easy to see - the cool Nordic temperament on show here should not be confused with disinterest. While this film is utterly unsentimental – to the point of uncomfortable viewing on occasion – it nevertheless reveres the beauty and dignity of these magnificent animals in way that is emotionally charged and inexplicably moving.
by David Vass
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

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