Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 03 Sep 8:00 20 Feet from Stardom (12A) Cinema Book/Details
Thu 04 Sep 7:00 National Theatre LIVE presents:
Screen Arts Book/Details
Sat 06 Sep 8:00 Budapest Cafe Orchestra - in concert Music & Dance Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

03 September to 27 September Gary Breeze by Gary Breeze Details

Take a look inside our July-Sept event brochure.

Make a real difference to your community - DONATE to the Heritage Triangle project.

The Diss Heritage Partnership appeal to raise £100,000 has now raised over £55,000, so we're over half way there! THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed so far. If you have been thinking about making a donation but haven't gotten round to it yet, now is your chance to help us raise that all important last amount.

Our fundraising will be a vital make-or-break contribution toward the town’s £3 million Heritage Triangle project which could transform Diss.

Peter Hyde, whose shop Diss Iron Works is in the Heritage Triangle, said “as a Diss business owner I am fully behind the project. It will really put Diss on the map, attracting new shops and more visitors.”

To make a donation or to find out more about the project click on the image above to open our fundraising brochure or go to www.heritagetriangle.co.uk

You can also send a cheque made payable to The Diss Corn Hall Trust addressed to The Diss Heritage Partnership, Diss Corn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss. Norfolk IP22 4LB or email admin@disscornhall.co.uk to request a copy of the Heritage Triangle fundraising information brochure and donation form.

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

20 Feet From Stardom - a pre-screening review
This year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary is an affectionate and bitter-sweet conversation with, for the most part, female African-American backing singers who have made a career out of singing brilliantly just beyond the circumference of the spotlight.

Director Morgan Neville presents his subject in a random and impressionistic way, flitting between archive footage and contemporary interviews. Though there are some big names here - Springsteen, Jagger, Wonder – he is most interested in the artists who didn’t become stars. Neville is brave enough to show that, far from the self-effacing team players central to the film’s thesis, many of these women are divas, with very real ambitions, and not at all content with their lot. As Springsteen observes, these singers both resent and relish anonymity. Chance, more than anything else, led Claudia Lennear (the woman about who Jagger wrote Brown Sugar) into teaching, where she remains, while Darlene Love (having left her cleaning job) is now inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The film is frequently melancholy, sometimes sentimental, and occasionally maudlin, but for the most part it’s an uplifting celebration of the spirit and talent of people who stand at the back with their heads held up high.
By David Vass
Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Luke Wright's Stand-up Poetry Club - a review
Luke Wright held his last poetry evening at the Corn Hall way back in January – it has been too long a wait. The audience obviously thought so – it was standing room only last Friday.

Wright’s strength is his ability to create dense narrative. The anguish of the disciplined teacher or the hope of Tracy in her Dartford tunnel crossing booth – these are ideas that have the makings of a novel. John Osbourne’s nerdy, shuffling delivery belies a sharp and quirkily inventive mind. There is a winning seam of almost defiant insecurity that runs through his seemingly random musings on lotteries, affairs, and internet dating. It’s perhaps no surprise that he and Molly Naylor are working together on a comedy script. Notwithstanding her personable and engaging stage presence, you only need scratch beneath the surface of her take on CDs, boat rides, and unrequited love to find similar themes, explored with genuine humanity and circumspection.

We are used to Luke showcasing new talent in Diss, so it was quite a departure to see him share the bill with such established talent, and a real treat to get his evenings going again. It was like watching the Emerson, Lake and Palmer of East Anglian spoken word.
By David Vass

Saturday 30th August 2014

Tracks - a pre-screening review
Robyn Davidson, at the age of 27, crossed the Australian outback in 1977 from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with four camels and her dog as companions. The idea of making a film of her adventures has been kicking around ever since.

Deftly avoiding melodrama or sentimentality, director John Curran saves the movie from the cul de sac of personal empowerment or quest fulfilment by presenting a relatively dispassionate and occasionally quizzical examination of a closed off young woman doing something inexplicable. Central to the film’s success is Mia Wasikowska’s superb central performance. She somehow makes sense of Davidson’s contrary character - independent yet vulnerable, truculent yet likeable, brave yet foolish. White Australia’s queasy relationship with the indigenous population is touched on, but this is mostly about Davidson and how the world turns around her. If that sometimes gets a little too introspective, there is always the magnificent outback, beautifully photographed by Mandy Walker and counterpointed by Garth Stevenson’s haunting score.

Why did she do this? Those looking for a conventional narrative with easy answers should look elsewhere. As Davidson said, “Camel trips do not begin or end; they merely change form.”
By David Vass
Monday 25th August 2014

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