Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Sat 10 Dec 2:00 Corn Hall on tour and Garlic Theatre presents:
Jack and the Beans Talk at Palgrave Community Centre, IP22 1AP
Family Book/Details
Sat 10 Dec 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Distraction Theatre Company presents The Twelve Days of Christmas at Garboldisham Village Hall, IP22 2SE
Theatre Book/Details
Sat 10 Dec 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Distraction Theatre Company presents The Twelve Days of Christmas at Garboldisham Village Hall, IP22 2SE
Family Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Stand by! Our sparkly new website and ticketing system is almost ready...

And should be operational from this week. It will be advertising the first of our new programme events and lots of other features. We hope you like it!

While the Corn Hall is in the final staged of its £2 million refurbishment you can still enjoy some fantastic events as part of our 'On Tour' programme - 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 however a combination of unexpected factors – not least the discovery of maze of underground drains that weren’t recorded on any utilities maps – lost valuable time and this means we should now be reopening in Spring, rather than January next year.

Bear with us though – we’re all working as hard as we can to get back into our lovely Corn Hall and to bring you not just the very best in entertainment and facilities, but also a great place to relax, eat and drink with friends and family!

The big change to the building will be 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.

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.

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.

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.

Diss Corn Hall Blog

The DCH Blog

Nine Lives
Performed at Diss High School as part of the Corn Hall on Tour programme, Nine Lives rattled through its narrative with a brisk vitality that belied its grim subject matter. Gripping its attentive audience from the outset, this was issue-based theatre at its very best.

Zodwa Nyoni’s stark prose was unflinching in its examination of the cruelty, prejudice and loneliness that refugees can suffer, but far from being unremittingly bleak, Nine Lives was leavened with levity, pathos, and a celebration of the human spirit. Lladel Bryant was outstanding as Ishmael, a gay man seeking asylum from homophobic Zimbabwe. Although his was a solo performance, it was so much more than an extended monologue. Using a multitude of voices, he conjured up a vivid portrait of the disaffected and the dispossessed, with little more than a suitcase and a light bulb.

This is not a play that strives for balance. It’s an angry, impassioned and unapologetic attack on political expediency and xenophobia that occasionally teeters close to polemical rhetoric. For the most part, however, it is plea for a tolerance and understanding, with an abiding message of hope that what unites us, not divides us, will ultimately triumph. It was a message the largely youthful audience was clearly inspired by.
by David Vass

Thursday 24th November 2016

Grease Sing-a-long - screening Weds 23rd November
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has been rescheduled to screen on Weds 11th January due to a delay in the availability of the DVD. But we have something which will be just as much fun - the sing-a-long version of Grease, the most successful movie musical of all time!

Starring Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, Grease revels in it's retro subject of 1950's America, teen romance and the adventures of a group of high school kids and features some of the most exuberant and showstopping numbers ever filmed.

Our venue - Diss High School - couldn't be more apt, so grab a gang and sing-a-long to all the hits. We'll be selling Prosecco to give the evening even more fizz. Bobby sox and ponytail or spandex catsuit and big hair - the choice is yours!
Friday 18th November 2016

Dheepan - a pre-screening review
Jacques Audiard’s films often focus on the marginalized, the criminal, and the displaced. Dheepan is no exception, it being a timely reminder of the horrors that have been encountered by refugees in their places of birth, and the challenges they continue to face in their adoptive countries.

Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, and Claudine Vinasithamby play a man, woman and child – each a stranger to the others – bound together by an audacious attempt to escape Sri Lanka using the passports of a dead family. Their performances are achingly authentic and if not for a finely crafted script, a compelling narrative and a superb supporting cast, this unremittingly bleak portrait of life on a French sink estate might be a challenge to sit through. Sit through it one must though, if only to be rewarded by the startling gear change of the final act – a superbly choreographed and hugely cathartic dénouement – the detail of which shouldn’t be spoiled here.

It’s an ending that has been widely and vociferously criticised, to the point of questioning the Palme d’Or prize, but this surely spectacularly misses the point of what Audiard is trying to say. For too long refugees have been emasculated, not only by circumstance and governments but by their portrayal by a patronising media. Audiard’s explosive ending reminds us these are tough, resourceful people who have come from a dangerous place, and whose self-determination is as important as their welfare.
By David Vass
Sunday 6th November 2016

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