Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Mon 31 Aug 10:00 Printing workshop for adults – with Oyster Press at DesignerMakers21 workshop Workshops Book/Details
Wed 02 Sep 7:30 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (12A) at Diss High School
Cinema Book/Details
Wed 09 Sep 7:30 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
The Falling (15) at Diss High School
Cinema Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Check out our first Corn Hall On Tour programme of events for July to September.

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

Force Majeure - a pre-screening review
A brilliant film. As outstanding as it is uncomfortable.

As befits a drama set in the snow-laden mountains of France, Swedish director/writer Ruben Östlund’s deceptively simple story of a family dealing with the fallout from a momentary lapse of judgement is ice-cold in its delivery and in its conclusions.

Stunning cinematography from Fredrik Wenzel, offset by a jittery soundtrack from Vivaldi, creates an uneasy mood from the start, so that when the big event comes, it’s something of a relief. It’s relief that is short lived though, as events take an entirely unexpected turn.

Johannes Bah Kuhnke is outstanding as Tomas, a father that disappoints not just his wife and children, but ultimately himself in a way that is shocking yet completely believable. As Tomas refuses to acknowledge what he has done, his denial starts to corrode the foundations of family life, and his wife Ebba (heartbreakingly played by Lisa Loven Kongsli) starts to question everything she thought she knew about her husband, and by extension their life together.

Östlund has been likened to everyone from Bergman to Mike Leigh, and he’s certainly adept at showing the Swedish to be as screwed up as the rest of us. The bold, ambiguous final act will have you re-examining all you thought you learned about the characters, and yourself, but it won’t make you feel any more comfortable.
By David Vass
Friday 14th August 2015

Northanger Abbey at The Oaksmere - a review
The Corn Hall may be dark at the moment but necessity being the mother of invention, it looks as if this year will be bringing some imaginatively staged productions to the area.

As part of the Corn Hall’s “on tour” program of events, the Essex based Dot Productions were invited to stage their adaptation of Northanger Abbey in the magnificent grounds of the Oaksmere in Brome. Andrew Lindfield was highly effectively as the boorish John Thorpe, but it was the interplay between guileless Catherine, played by Amy Hamilton, and Adam Elliot’s exacting Henry Tilney that brought the production alive.

Whilst laudable, Brian Johnson’s desire to adhere to his source text was occasionally at the cost of momentum, but as soon as the action moved to the Abbey itself the production and the cast seemed to get the wind in their sales, cleverly mimicking the mannered language of the book, while staying on the right side of parody. Done with wit and economy, this was an ambitious and admirable attempt to bring a difficult novel to the stage.
By David Vass

Thursday 13th August 2015

Birdman - A pre-screening review
Notionally a comedy, Alejandro Iñárritu’s examination of the tortured artist is too painfully acute to be truly funny. Although drenched in the pathos of Micheal Keaton’s faltering, post Batman career, Birdman is better seen as an unflinching examination of self-doubt, narcissism and self-regard.

Shot in a series of impossibly long takes in a brilliantly realised facsimile of a New York theatre, the film has an almost unbearably claustrophobic feel that perfectly matches the mental disintegration of Riggan Thomson, a washed up multiplex hero who can’t escape the tyranny of typecasting. It’s undoubtedly Keaton’s film, but Edward Norton, as his on-stage nemesis, is just as good. Lest we forget, Norton played the Hulk in Louis Leterrier’s lacklustre reboot, so Keaton isn’t the only one here with superhero baggage. The two of them are surrounded by a marvellously varied, but universally strong, ensemble cast that clearly relishes the opportunity to do something of substance.

The film is occasionally as introspective and pretentious as the industry it seeks to satirise, but it is never less than interesting, is frequently thought-provoking and occasionally very wise. It’s certainly cleverer and deeper than some of its publicity suggests, with the much vaunted Birdman a small part of a complex and involving narrative. How heartening it is that a film this ambitious and individual can come away from the Oscar ceremony laden with honours.
By David Vass
Thursday 6th August 2015

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