Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 28 Sep 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema Book/Details
Thu 29 Sep 8:00 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Diss Jazz Club presents Derek Nash– with the Chris Ingham Trio at the Park Hotel, Diss, IP22 4LE
Music & Dance Book/Details
Fri 30 Sep 8:00 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Corn Hall Comedy - @ Diss Rugby Club, Bellrope Lane, Roydon, IP22 5RG
Comedy Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Have a look at our new events brochure covering October to December!

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 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.

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

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show - a review
Best known as a presenter on Stargazing Live, Mark Thompson brought explosions, refractions and reactions to Botesdale Village Hall, as part of the Corn Hall’s ongoing tour program, in his Spectacular Science Show.

Devotees of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures will recall how restless the audience could become listening to the chatter between demonstrations. Thompson cunningly dispensed with all that, instead presenting one extraordinary stunt after another with the minimum of exposition. We got to see fire storms, ice towers, the cloak of invisibility, comet construction, exploding film canisters, elephant’s toothpaste and so much more, all packed into an hour. It’s a very clever way to hold the attention of a young audience and, with the occasional knowing nod, he managed to keep the Mums and Dads engaged too.

Thompson clearly has access to all manner of gizmos – his Van der Graaf generator was literally hair raising – but was at his most effective when using ordinary household materials. It’s a sure bet that afterwards, cupboards were raided for mineral water, washing up liquid, vegetable oil and jelly babies, as the surrounding kitchens of East Anglia were turned into impromptu laboratories.
By David Vass
Tuesday 27th September 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins - a pre-screening review
Stephen Frears is making habit of dramatizing the lives of characterful women. Having scored hits with both Philomena Lee and Elizabeth Windsor, he has turned his attention to Florence Foster Jenkins, a very wealthy woman who used her money to showcase a truly terrible singing voice.

Billed as the true story of the world's worst singer, one might have expected Frears’s movie to be a merciless dissection of a rich socialite’s vanity projects. But aided by Nicholas Martin’s witty and insightful script, he has delivered a delightful and affectionate portrait of a woman that was possibly deluded, but harmlessly so, and who brought pleasure and fun to a country browbeaten by war. Meryl Streep’s comic timing is a revelation, managing to be simultaneously tragic and funny in a lead role that is tailor made for her. Lured out of retirement by Frears, Huge Grant brings a rare sensitivity to a role that could so easily have been a caricature, while Simon Helberg (in a role shockingly different from Howard of The Big Bang) steals every scene he is in.

This is economical storytelling at its best. Literate, zestful and packed with of characters too improbable for fiction, Frears has conjured up the perfect confection, crammed with period detail, gorgeous to look at and, most importantly, full of heart.
By David Vass
Wednesday 21st September 2016

Eye in the Sky - a pre-screening review
Guy Hibbert wrote the screenplay for Eye in the Sky eight years ago, and in the time it’s taken to arrive on screen he’s watched his futuristic speculation turn into grounded reality. War really is now conducted on a telly, surrounded by as many politicians as soldiers, and all of them referring up when things get sticky.

Director Gavin Hood could have easily made a polemic condemnation of modern warfare’s unwillingness to physically engage, but instead he uses his ensemble cast to present clear and coherent arguments for every point of view. Out in the field, Barkhad Abdi is excellent as the closest character the film has to a hero, but notwithstanding his brilliantly staged action scenes, this is a film about ideas and people arguing about them. It is all the more compelling for it. Helen Mirren’s Colonel Powell is driven by uncompromising certainty that is nearly her undoing, while Monica Dolan’s cabinet minister is humane but ultimately ineffectual. Wedged between them is sanguine, war weary General Benson, a fittingly nuanced final performance from the late Alan Rickman.

So would you sacrifice an innocent life, if by doing so you might save the lives of countless more? It’s a question jurisprudence students get asked in the first week of their studies, and under the cloak of a taut, superbly paced thriller, one that Gavin Hood asks his audience. After seeing the film, you’ll be returning to this conundrum for days after.
By David Vass
Thursday 15th September 2016

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