Diss Corn Hall
Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Coming Events:

Wed 10 Feb 7:30 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
Suffragette (12A) at Diss High School, IP22 4DH
Cinema Book/Details
Sat 13 Feb 7:30 The Merry Opera Company presents:
La boheme at Garboldisham Village Hall, IP22 2SE
Music & Dance Book/Details
Wed 17 Feb 7:30 Diss Corn Hall On Tour presents:
99 Homes (15) at Diss High School
Cinema Book/Details

Current Exhibition:

While the Corn Hall is closed come along to one of 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

Suffragette - a pre-screening review
Whether the militant actions of Suffragettes helped or hindered the rights of women at the turn of the last century is a debate that has gone on for the last 100 years, and was never going to be settled by a single movie. Abi Morgan’s script cleverly avoids the debate by focusing on the single point of view of a working class woman committed to the cause.
Carey Mulligan’s nuanced and subtle performance is at the heart of this film, and whatever reservations one might have about the conclusions she draws, there’s no doubting her motives. By conflating the right to vote with the broader issues of social inequality, Morgan directs our sympathies with precision, though it’s telling that some of the more interesting scenes feature the excellent Brendan Gleeson as Inspector Steed, warning of the dangers of being seduced by a cause. Counterpointing Gleeson is Helena Bohnam Carter’s eccentric, jiu jitsu trained chemist – a fascinating character and based on a real person, she deserved a film of her own.
Some of the finer detail will have history pedants bristling, but this is a sincerely constructed and briskly paced primer for those seeking an entry point to the complex issues that dogged Britain immediately before the war. For that reason alone, it deserves the attention it has received.
By David Vass
Monday 8th February 2016

Corn Hall Comedy @ Diss Rugby Club - a review
Corn Hall comedy looks to be settling in nicely at the Rugby Club. Ria Lina made the tricky job of compère look effortless, and with a winning mix of charm and razor sharp wit offered up the perfect balance of sassy routine and sweet-natured interaction.
Sy Thomas, a gangly, bearded oddball, won laughs more usually associated with a headline slot with his toe curling anecdotes of relationship failure and pathological insecurity, and should have been a hard act to follow. Fortunately, Leo Kearse, another gangly, bearded oddball, rose to the challenge.
From out of Kearse’s mouth came a torrent of scabrous, scatological filth, which also happened to be gasping-for-air, tears-down-the-face funny. Reminiscent of early Frank Skinner, much of Kearse’s act only makes sense if his audience know about things they really shouldn’t, which of course only added the naughty, conspiratorial fun.
The Corn Hall Comedy crowd can sometimes appear a tad diffident but when presented with acts as good as these, it quickly becomes apparent that they are just discerning. Polite titters were quickly transformed into roars of laughter, courteous applause morphed into cheers of approval, and a riotous, hugely entertaining, night was had by all.
David Vass
Thursday 4th February 2016

Theeb - Weds 3rd February - a pre-screening review
Naji Abu Nowar’s first full length feature as director is an assured and entertaining debut. Set in deserts of Jordan at the turn of the century, it’s a compact, tightly plotted adventure that has already garnered two BAFTA nominations, and is in line to win an Oscar.

The director’s use of non-professional actors brings authenticity and warmth to the relationship between real life brothers, their naturalism highlighting how alien they find Jack Fox’s upright soldier (his blond hair and blue eyes surely a nod to Lawrence of Arabia). Notionally set during the First World War, there is a diffuse, timeless quality to Theeb, which unfolds entirely from the boy’s perspective. Though something very specific is clearly going on, it is frequently just beyond our field of vision. Pleasingly, Naji Abu Nowar is brave enough to leave some of our questions unanswered, and much of the intriguing mystery intact.

Despite the exotic location (handsomely shot by Wolfgang Thaler) and its art house credentials, Theeb is fundamentally a thumping good yarn. Swap the Hijaz desert for Monument Valley, and the camels for horses, and we would have something akin to an old fashioned Western.
Attending the showing of the film, and discussing the challenges of a Jordanian/UK co- production will be Rupert Lloyd, who was both producer and editor of the film.
By David Vass
Wednesday 27th January 2016

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