|Wed 12 Mar 8:00||In A World (15)||Cinema||Book/Details|
|Thu 13 Mar 7:30||The Reduced Shakespeare Company - The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)||Theatre||Book/Details|
|Sat 15 Mar 2:00||
Teasel Productions presents presents:
The Saturday Club - Grisly Tales From Tumblewater
|05 March to 28 March||The Furthest Lands by Norman Ackroyd R A||Details|
Take a look at our new brochure to see the exciting things coming up in January-March and beyond.
In the Gallery this month - the work of one of our most celebrated landscape artists.
Norman Ackroyd has a worldwide reputation and his etchings are always highly sought after at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which he co-ordinated in 2013.
Weather, landscape and water are the stuff of his highly experimental and atmospheric compositions – and in this exhibition, 'The Furthest Lands', he records his coastal travels, from the flatlands of North Norfolk to the jagged cliffs of the Shetlands.
Evening viewing Wednesday 5 March 6.30 - 7.45pm
David Case, formerly a director of Marlborough Fine Art, will give a brief introduction to the exhibition at 7pm.
Join us afterward for our screening of Le Week-End.
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.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.
Diss Corn Hall
Located in the East Anglian market town of Diss on the Norfolk Suffolk border, this impressive Grade 2 listed corn hall provides the home for a thriving arts venue offering a lively programme of regular high quality entertainment, from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.
The DCH Blog
In a World - a pre-screening review
It’s a revelation that some folk make a full time living from declaiming in the sonorous voice they were born with, and more so that they inhabit a self-contained world, full of petty doubts and egos. Perhaps it is the same for Chicken sexers or Waterslide testers. Nonetheless, it’s an audacious subject for a debut movie.
This is Lake Bell’s first full feature as director - a film which she also produced, wrote and starred in. If it had gone wrong, there really was nowhere to hide. Basing a film around the lives and loves of voice over artists is a notion that is both peculiar and intriguing, and this could so easily have been ninety minutes of navel gazing.
Fortunately, it’s an astonishing debut. There are some fun bits about how it’s all done, but this isn’t American’s answer to Berberian Sound Studio. On the contrary, it’s a delightful and accessible meditation on family relationships and foolish pride, populated by characters that are eccentric yet believable, and fallible and yet likeable. Michaela Watkins and Rob Corddry, as sister and partner, are particular strong supporting players, but picking out anyone from this ensemble production is genuinely difficult – they are all so good.
Filmed at breakneck speed over 20 days, there is a frenetic energy to the movie that lifts every scene. Funny, quirky and poignant, here is proof that even in this age of blockbuster, there is room for intelligent independent filmmaking with a defining authorial voice.
By David Vass
Sunday 9th March 2014
Kiss me, Figaro! - a review
The Merry Opera Company have performed in Diss several times, and on each occasion they manage to ring the changes – always presenting something new and frequently inspired, their shows always have an infectious joy and warm-hearted appreciation for the opera they seek to promote.
Kiss Me Figaro is perhaps their most ambitious production yet, both in its themes and its production. It’s a convoluted meta-show, using pieces from opera (most notably Puccini’s La Boheme and Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, to drive forward the story of romance within a touring opera company.
Though all acquitted themselves well, the major honours must go to Joe Morgan and Kristine Finnigan, both captivating every time they sung. Finnigan proved she could act as well as sing, as did Matthew Quirk as her estranged husband. Quirk, whose comic timing was a revelation, was the lynchpin for the sometimes wayward narrative. And a special mention for Tom Lowe – I am always puzzled that he isn’t given more to do in productions. When given his moment in the sun, he always blasts it out and is surely one of their most gifted performers.
At times, the 20th century music sat uneasily with the operatic numbers, but a mash up of styles is what the company is about, and as juke box musicals go, John Ramster has done well to integrate so many popular numbers into his storyline. This is an accessible, clever and relentlessly inventive show that can be enjoyed by newcomers to opera and buffs alike.
By David Vass
Friday 7th March 2014
Le Week-End (15) - A pre-screening review
It’s ironic that a film set in France, home to the auteur theory, should be so much more the writer’s film, than the director’s. Roger Michell handles his duties well enough, but this is Hanif Kureishi’s distinctively acerbic take on life. At times, the observations of the film, and characters he has created, are so casually cruel and wickedly truthful, those of a similar generation will surely have to look away.
This is a film about real people, in all their spiky, funny, nasty, petulant, messy glory and (like the life it mirrors), no easy answers are offered. It centres on a complex and contrary couple that need the acting skills of Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan to be bearable. Even so, they are difficult people to share time with, and it’s just at the right time that Jeff Goldblum enters the mix, surprisingly and effectively underplaying his role. A lesser film might have used a chance encounter to set up a tiresome resolution, but Kureishi is too smart for that, and too keen to keep his story grounded.
This is a brainy film for third agers, and the very antithesis of the glut of cosy mush coming out for the 50+ generation at the moment. That said, it ends on a moment so blissfully evocative that only a face made of stone could avoid smiling in rueful recognition.
By David Vass
Sunday 2nd March 2014