Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Thu 02 Oct 7:30 Call Mr Robeson: A Life with Songs Theatre Book/Details
Fri 03 Oct 8:00 Spiro Music & Dance Book/Details
Sun 05 Oct 7:30 Jazz at the Movies Music & Dance Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

01 October to 31 October Superficial Meditations - Paintings by Bob Billington Details

Our new brochure for Oct-Dec is out now but don't miss our exciting Sept events still to come!

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

The Diss Heritage Partnership appeal to raise £100,000 has now reached over £60,000, so we just need £40,000 more to make our target! 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

This week's film: Two Faces of January - a pre-screening review
Hossein Amini’s directorial debut is as slippery and elusive as the characters populating it. In a film based on a lesser known Patricia Highsmith novel, three thoroughly untrustworthy people jostle for the role of protagonist in a movie that repeatedly changes perspective and direction. With deceptive understatement, the film’s simple premise of a con man at work is gradually hijacked by a quietly complex examination of what happens when hollow people meet.

Amini has managed to create an authentic feel without the mannered excesses of period detail, and has offered up a stunning travelogue for Greece and Crete. It is, however, the excellent leads that catch the eye and hold the attention. Oscar Issac breathes life into to diffident, contrary conman, while Viggo Mortensen finds the humanity in what should be a thoroughly unlikeable stockbroker. Pinging between them is Kirsten Dunst in a nuanced performance of real depth.

Set in a smoke befuddled sixties before it has started to swing, this is a deliciously stylish and old fashioned feature. What could have been a stolid period movie, feels more like something zippy from the new wave – as if a classic from 50 years ago has been unearthed from the vaults.
By David Vass

Monday 29th September 2014

Corn Hall Comedy Club - a review
Jonny Freeman is a comedian that clearly doesn’t see the compere role as the short straw. Hugely personable, he quickly warmed the Corn Hall crowd up with a loose limbed routine that focused attention on anyone foolish enough to sit close to the stage and be called Sean.

After Jonny had done his stuff, Matt Price proved there is life after Jethro in the West Country. Looking like Michael Mcintyre’s bigger brother, but definitely not sounding like him, Matt’s routine was a winning combination of deliberately (I hope) lame jokes and quirky observation, with a seam of self-deprecation that had you laughing, and then wondering whether you ought to.

Star of the night, and very much the headliner, was veteran comic Sol Bernstein. With a routine that has clearly been honed to perfection during his 70 years on the stage, Sol regaled the audience with a lifetime’s worth of hilarious anecdotes, mixed in with some fruity and ribald humour. Steve Jameson has created a character so rounded, and so unnervingly real, that much of the audience seemed to take him as the genuine article. The bastard child of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason, Bernstein is up there with Mrs Merton and John Shuttleworth – a truly inspired comic creation and a very funny man.
By David Vass
Sunday 28th September 2014

Sam Sweeney's Fiddle: Made in the Great War - a review
It is surely remarkable that Sam Sweeney’s timely reflection of the horrible waste, and the unfinished business, left behind after the Great War, has been developed out of a prosaic interest in a violin’s history.

It may have been Sam Sweeney’s fiddle, but this was very much Hugh Lupton’s evening. Taking the bare bones of Richard Howard’s life, and having imagined the circumstances that led to a violin left undone, Lupton has turned these fragments into a haunting and elegiac metaphor for everyman’s experience. There were songs, but as Lupton’s text took hold, Sweeney’s music was most effective as mood and texture, heightening the pathos of Howard’s tragic tale. With Robert Harbron on concertina and Paul Sartin on Cor Anglais, the trio provided the perfect backdrop to Lupton’s narrative, most notably when syncopated with the moving images on screen.

When finally the band did spring to life with fully formed songs, it made the power of their performance all the more stunning, not least at the close of the evening, when on film we saw Sweeney respectfully playing at Howard’s graveside, in a moving and fitting end to a thoughtful, inventive reimagining of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances.
By David Vass
Thursday 25th September 2014

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