Box Office: 01379 652241



Keith Philpot  Head of Operations

Isobel Demangeat-Ransome, Programme Manager

Lindsey Booty, Site Co-ordinator

Sue Sizer, Assistant Cafe Manager

Yoshi Shinagawa, Venue Technician

Sophie Scott, Marketing Support

Carole Hunt, Administrator

Sue Coe, Finance Officer

David BatemanCasual Duty Manager

Francois Danis, Casual Duty Manager

Ina Siebold-Armitage, Casual Duty Manager

Paul Stephen, Casual Duty Manager

Simon Delf, Casual Duty Manager

Katrina Stannard, Casual Duty Manager


And of course, our huge team of volunteers who run everything from the Box Office, to helping out in the cafe, the bar, stewarding shows, outreach programmes and everything else.


Debbie Gaze (Chair)

Debbie moved to Diss over 20 years ago when she married a local farmer.  She works in HR and owns a local children’s nursery.  Currently working for Suffolk Wildlife Trust she also volunteers at the Corn Hall and is immensely proud of the fantastic programme that the Corn Hall offers the community.

Kevan Baker
Kevan worked for 27 years in banking and then spent the second half of his working career with the NHS managing a GP practice and being a board member of the local CCG. He has lived in South Norfolk for over 30 years and has an interest in seeing live music at local venues.

Richard Budds
Richard served as Director of Sixth Form at Diss High School for twenty of his thirty-five years in education. Having taught English, Media and Drama up to A Level, he is unsurprisingly enthusiastic about the Arts and therefore keen to continue to promote them for the benefit of people of all ages and backgrounds in our community.

Peter Norman
Peter Norman spent most of his career in financial services, working on large business change programmes. In a voluntary capacity, Peter was a church treasurer for many years and a member of the local school board. He recently moved to Botesdale from the Scottish Borders and has now joined the Corn Hall as Treasurer.

Mark Ellery

Mark has spent all his career in information technology for large global organisations and now runs a consulting and leadership coaching business near Diss.  He has lived in the Diss Area for a number of years.  As a Non-Executive Director of a Norfolk-based company and Chair of Premier Foundation, a charity supporting disadvantaged children through physical activity, Mark is actively involved in the local community.

Jane Bryan

Jane Bryan moved to the area twelve years ago, having previously lived in London and Norwich. She has a background in theatre stage-management, and currently works at the University of East Anglia as an events organiser.

Amy Bishop

Amy has worked as the Head of Drama and Theatre at Diss High School for over 12 years where she reintroduced drama teaching at KS3, as well as increasing the popularity of the subject at both GCSE and A Level.  With a passionate drive to broaden the horizons of young people living in rural communities, Amy has facilitated various workshops within the school with a wide range of external theatre practitioners and is keen to increase opportunities for young people to enjoy and appreciate the Arts.

Peter Ellis

Peter was chief executive of London’s first children’s hospice, preceded as a manager in the NHS. He has been trustee/chair for a number of charities and recognises the importance of management and governance. He is also passionate about community engagement and diversity. He moved to Diss 6 years ago and 5 years ago had a massive stroke rendering him with a serious disability. He now recognises how important accessibly is, and how important the arts and theatre world can be especially for maintaining good mental health.


Hudson Architects, The Corn Hall, Norfolk, UK, July, 2017
Photographer Joakim Borén,

The Corn Hall’s main hall has a seated capacity of 300 and a maximum standing capacity of 450 with plenty of variations and layouts possible inbetween. Please find downloads to our technical specifications below.

pdf-icon-150x150Corn Hall Technical Info


We have a number of other smaller rooms in the venue for hire for details of these please click here.

Please contact our Technical Manager on for help with these files or any further information.