Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Fri 26 Aug 10:00 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Drawing and Painting for Children - with Clare Birks upstairs at Designermakers21
Workshops Book/Details
Fri 26 Aug 10:00 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Drawing and Painting for Children - with Clare Birks upstairs at Designermakers21
Family Book/Details
Fri 26 Aug 2:00 Corn Hall on tour presents:
Drawing and Painting for Children - with Clare Birks upstairs at Designermakers21
Workshops Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

Have a look at our great events throughout July to September!

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. All the demolition work on the 1970s extension is complete, the base layer of the new floor in the main auditorium has been laid and very soon the first stages of the new build element of the project will start! Contractors Pentaco remain hopeful that they will be able to hand over the building to us for reopening in early January 2017.

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

Anomalisa - a pre-screening review
It beggars belief that Charlie Kaufman, the brilliant mind behind Synecdoche, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich can’t get anyone to film his screenplays. After seven years of frustration and aborted projects he finally turned to Kickstarter in desperation, and armed with the script of a radio play, persuaded countless believers to invest in the micro budgeted Anomalisa.

Together with stop motion animator Duke Johnson, he has produced nothing less than a mini masterpiece, where the mannequins are an integral part a depressed man delusion that everyone looks the same and sounds the same. Despite the thousands of moving parts these unsettling models do the job better than any actor could, and with Tom Noonan voicing every character, the hotel clerk, the son, the ex-girlfriend and the bar tender quickly melt into one big hallucinatory mess. When protagonist Michael hears Anna voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, and then sees she is different, the frisson is palpable. It’s a brilliant conceit for a man waking from his own stupor, and Michael is superbly played by David Thewlis, somehow drawing out our sympathies for this selfish, self-centred philanderer.

Comparisons have been drawn with the mordant humour of Aardman’s Creature Comforts, but we are a mile away from the Claymation whimsy of Wallace and Gromit. This is a dark, brooding and resolutely adult film that uses animation in a startling new way to ask fundamental questions about who is really pulling the strings.
By David Vass
Friday 19th August 2016

Rams (15) - a pre-screening review
Grímur Hákonarson’s mordant essay on the lot of Icelandic sheep farmers is a deeply affecting fable about a disappearing way of life. However, despite the pivotal role sheep play in this movie, the eponymous Rams are undoubtedly the feuding brothers Gummi and Kiddi, who after butting heads for forty years are forced by circumstance to work together.

The film is astonishing to look at, the utter bleakness of an Icelandic Hinterland beautifully captured by Sturla Brandth Grøvlen’s cinematography in a way that is reminiscent of the scene stealing vistas of Benedikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses and Men, while Atli Örvarsson’s minimalist score fleshes what might otherwise be an unbearably barren setting. Within that setting, Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson play the warring siblings with complete conviction, their obscure falling out of long ago barely referenced, and with only their sheepdog to pass messages back and forth like a canine go between. Having sublimated their awkward, inarticulate feelings into the common purpose of raising animals, the revelation that threatens not just the herd, but the one last fragile bond between them, is heart breaking.

Superficially this might seem to be a film about estrangement and the tragedy intransigence brings, but actually it is the opposite. What we ultimately witness is the indestructability of fraternal bonds. Anyone who sees this movie can empathise with these brothers, but perhaps only those of us who are brothers can truly and fully understand it.
By David Vass

Thursday 11th August 2016

Spotlight - a pre screening review
Every so often a film comes along that defies review or comment. Such is the seriousness of the crimes revealed in Spotlight, and the sobriety with which the unfolding events are acted out, that it feels a little impertinent passing judgement on how well the message has been packaged.

Director Tom McCarthy has always been a champion of the outsider, and here he examines how the Boston Globe, with dogged old fashioned investigation, uncovered entrenched child abuse by the Catholic Church. An ensemble cast delivers low-key, yet utterly absorbing performances, clearly designed to put across the message before grand-standing. Divested of their signature tics Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo are particularly convincing, delivering sincere and thoughtful performances as lead reporters on the Spotlight team.

Comparisons with All the Presidents Men are inevitable, but this is actually an altogether more mature work. Without any obvious star turns, and with a subject matter too grim to be truly exciting, this is a more unsettling work, its central thesis being that such an endemic problem could only remain unexposed with the tacit acceptance of the wider community. With journalists knocking on doors, trawling through paper records and working through phone directories this could easily have become little more than period drama, but with its closed ranks, blind eyes and grotesque complicity, the issues it raises couldn’t be more current.
By David Vass

Thursday 4th August 2016

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