Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 01 Jun 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
The Danish Girl (15) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema Book/Details
Wed 08 Jun 7:30 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Tangerines (15) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema Book/Details
Sat 11 Jun 8:00 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Luke Concannon of duo Nizlopi at Botesdale Village Hall, IP22 1BZ
Music & Dance Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

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

Hurrah! Contractors Pentaco are now on site and work on the Corn Hall has commenced. First up they will start with the demolition of the 1970s extension. The original 1850s Hall will have nothing demolished – in fact when we have finished it will be near to its former glory.

The big change is that we will have 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. If we don’t suffer major hold-ups, construction should take about 50 weeks, with re-opening in early 2017.

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

Director Zara Urushadze had the misfortune to receive his Oscar nomination for best foreign film in the same year as to Paweł Pawlikowski, and so ultimately lost out to Ida. Consequently, we’ve had to wait until the end of last year for a UK release for Tangerines, an uncompromising anti-war film set in post- Soviet Caucasus at the height of the early nineties conflict.

In the wake of the war between Georgians and Abkhazians whole villages were left deserted as ethic Esthonians fled for their lives, but Urushadze’s film concerns two farmers who stayed put. Played with understated charm by Elmo Nüganen and Lembit Ulfsak, Margus and Ivo exude a quiet, stoic bravery when circumstances lead to them nurse both a Georgian and a Chechen, who do little else but bicker through the conflict with an almost Beckettian absurdity.

This is an angry, indigent film, but not without humour, and its lightness of touch reminds us that these are all fundamentally ordinary men thrown together by circumstance. Each of them grows and changes in a way that is dramatic yet completely believable - the audience finds itself caring deeply about the fate of, not just Ivo and Margus, but also the men that have intruded into their lives - something which makes the exciting, tense conclusion all the harder to bear.
By David Vass

Thursday 26th May 2016

Closely Observed Trains - a pre-screening review
Based on a 1965 novel of the same name by the noted Czech author Bohumil Hrabal, this must be one of the best known films of the Czech new wave - a coming of age story that was the first, and perhaps the best, movie Jirí Menzel directed. Winner of Best Foreign Language Oscar in 1968 its reputation has remained undimmed ever since.

Its episodic structure follows Miloš Hrma’s tireless endeavours to lose his virginity, while all about him are more concerned with the Nazi invasion of his country. Unusually whimsical (and racey) for the social realism movement, the film is full of eccentric characters swirling around Václav Neckár’s assured debut performance as a naive ticket collector plunged into ever more wacky situations. Without being a comedy, the film is frequently very funny, notwithstanding an undercurrent of increasing unease, as the German occupation tightens its grip. When the drama finally darkens, it does so suddenly and without compromise.

A true original, it’s hard to imagine its impact at the time of release, but its influence on the cinema that followed is manifest. From the kitchen sink dramas of Ken Loach, through the class fury of Lindsey Anderson, right up to the montage sequences of Lars von Trier, here is a blue print for films beyond counting.
By David Vass

Friday 20th May 2016

Habeas Corpus - Corn Hall on Tour @ Garboldisham - a review
Anyone attending Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus looking for his signature humanity was in for a shock, as the broadest of farces barged its way onto the stage. Instead, it was with misanthropic glee and brutal nihilism that Bennett explored the absurdity of the human condition.

Habeas Corpus is over forty years old, and with its dodgy sexual politics and queasy subplots, its showing its age. All credit, then, to Open Space for their rollicking version of what could have been an uncomfortable ride. Peter Sowerbutts and Yves Green reprise their dysfunctional relationship from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, commanding centre stage with convincing and funny performances as the couple bickering in the eye of a perfect emotional storm. Tim Hall, as the pleating and whining man-child Canon Throbbing, was also very strong, while Pat Parris as Mrs Swabb the housekeeper, held the play together as Greek chorus stand-in.

The real star, however, has to be director David Green, who marshalled his troops expertly, choreographing the action at a cracking pace. Suffusing the play with an energy it sorely needed to get over the finishing line, he was rewarded with raucous belly laughs throughout from an appreciative, near capacity audience.
David Vass

Sunday 15th May 2016

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