Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Fri 27 Feb 7:30 The Pantaloons Theatre Company presents:
Charles Dickens' Bleak House
Theatre Book/Details
Sat 28 Feb 8:00 Barb Jungr - Hard Rain: the songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen Music & Dance Book/Details
Sun 01 Mar 2:00 Royal Opera House - Delayed live screening presents:
The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander)
Screen Arts Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

04 February to 28 February Cattle by Surinder Warboys Details

We're putting the finishing touches to our next brochure but as you'll see, there are still lots of exciting events to enjoy in February and March.

Go to the Heritage Triangle website and check local papers for updates on this exciting project

Work on the first phase of the project is due to start in July. In the meantime, on March 14th and 15th an excavation led by Professor Tom Licence of the UEA's Department of East Anglian Studies will take place in the garden area behind the Diss Town Council. Archeological findings of interest will eventually end up on display in the refurbished Corn Hall or the Diss Museum.

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

Electric Swing Circus - a review
It was standing room only at the Corn Hall for the Electric Swing Circus’s infectious fusion of swing, break beat and house. With occasional nods to reggae and dubstep, their unique sound had the crowd jumping from the very first number.

Pockets of the audience, so many of them dressed to impress, quickly by passed foot tapping, instead erupting into dance, making the Corn Hall feel something like 1920s speakeasy. The solid rhythm of Chandra Walker’s drums and the laconic bass of Patrick Wreford provided the perfect backdrop for the showmanship and singing talent of Laura Louise and Bridget Walsh. They were bookended by Tom Hyland, resplendent in his top hat and manic smile, and the perennially bobbing Rashad Gregory. While the former was given free rein on his gypsy-jazz guitar, the latter twiddled his knobs to produce a virtual brass section from his vintage samples that built into an impressive wall of sound.

Part band, part cabaret, all circus, they obviously had a fantastic time on stage, as did their audience, who left the Corn Hall giddy with excitement and perhaps just a bit surprised that this sort of thing went on in Diss.
David Vass

Thursday 26th February 2015

What We Did on Our Holiday - a pre-screening review
When news broke that Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins had plans to take the semi-improvised comedy Outnumbered on a Scottish holiday it caused shivers of trepidation. Memories of films such as Are You Being Served? at the Costa Plonka cast a long shadow, and audiences braced themselves for something grim.

Fans of the series needn’t have worried. Little more than the concept survives, and while it’s a shame we don’t get to see Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner reprise their roles, Hamilton and Jenkin have very sensibility recast and re-energised the idea of a family in crisis. The kids, of course, steal the show from parents David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, though Ben Miller and an excellent Amelia Bullmore very nearly do the same as the dreaded in-laws. Even Billy Connolly tones it down - reminding us how likeable and restrained a performance he is capable of giving.

Full of laugh out loud moments, What We Did on Our Holidays is at heart a touching story of a struggling family trying to do their best. The movie sometimes teeters close to sentimentality but is never cloying, and while the plot takes an arguably preposterous turn, one has to admire the ambition of the writer/directors. They could so easily have settled for 90 minutes of fluff, but instead have tried for something with considerably more substance - for the most part resolutely succeeding.
By David Vass
Saturday 21st February 2015

United We Stand (Townsend Productions) - a review
Townsend Productions unapologetically political theatre has previously touched on key historical events but Neil Gore’s two handed United We Stand deals with times that for many are still within living memory. It was all the more powerful as a result.

Using their trademark mix of word and song, we were taken through the true, albeit scarcely believable, story of union officials, tried and imprisoned months after their strike was over. With 70s video footage songs from Sweet and The Strawbs, the company managed to create a real sense of period. Neil Gore was as strong as ever, playing Ricky Tomlinson, while William Fox was excellent as Des Warren.

Sometimes the songs and the puppets the comedic interludes interfered with the play’s momentum, and I wonder if Gore feels his pill needs sugaring. If so, he should have more confidence in the considerable strengths of his writing, and in the audience’s ability to absorb and appreciate ambitious, intelligent theatre. The play was at its strongest when at its most straightforward, and while both actors were always personable good company, it is when the anger shone in their eyes that this production really gripped.
David Vass
Friday 20th February 2015

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