Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Fri 27 Mar 8:00 Corn Hall Comedy Club Comedy Book/Details
Sat 28 Mar 7:45 1st Fressingfield Scout Group presents:
An Evening with Simon Weston OBE
Word Book/Details
Mon 30 Mar 7:00 As live screening presents:
Hamlet – starring Maxine Peake
Screen Arts Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

04 March to 28 March Prints from the 2014 Workshop by Dale Devereux Barker and students 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

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

Pop! Saturday Club review
The latest Saturday club adventure took place at the seaside with Pop! When Christian and his teddy go to the beach on their holiday they are suddenly washed away and marooned. However Christian has his magical basket full of tricks that may hold the key to being rescued, but first he
has to avoid cabin fever and the attraction of dancing with his balloon!

Mixing magic, slapstick and prop comedy Pop! sparkles with imagination. The younger members of the audience were nearly hysterical while shrieking at an oblivious Christian as various planes and airships flew overhead. The eight foot balloon on Christian's head was a marvel to behold.

The next Saturday club takes place on 18th April with Shoe Kangaroo presented by Garlic Theatre.
Friday 20th March 2015

NT screening of Behind the Beautiful Forevers - a review
Beautiful Forever is a tiling company, dividing a toxic shanty-town from an the international airport – an effective metaphor for the two worlds of Katherine Boo’s study of Mumbai slums, audaciously brought to life by David Hare’s adaptation for the stage.

Inevitably simplified and episodic this is none the less a dramatic exposition of the despair (but also the hope) of the resilient, defiant and profane people that make something like a living collected recyclable rubbish discarded by the rich folk that live on the other side of the wall. Centred on a family headed up a fractious matriarch, ably playing by Merra Syal, this is none the less an ensemble performance, with Shane Zaza particularly strong as her son. Anjana Vasan serves as moral touchstone, the flip side of Stephanie Street’s dubiously pragmatic Asha, leaving room for humour from Pal Aron as a self-obsessed teacher, and Thusitha Jayasundera, as a self-serving judge.

Without sentimentalising slum life, or denying the grim reality of lives barely lived, the play leaves open the possibility of goodness in the face of desperate deprivation. By avoiding lazy stereotypes and sloppy presumption, it instead offers up a challenging, thought provoking essay on poverty.
By David Vass
Friday 20th March 2015

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