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LECTURE ON WORLD WAR ONE ART WAS ENTERTAINING, EDUCATING, AND ENRICHING

During the First World War the British government developed a variety of art schemes to bear witness to the conflict. Tania Harrington’s far reaching and ambitious talk on the subject examined how revolutionary changes in… read more
Posted in Heritage, Word, WWI

David Vass is swept away with the surprisingly moving new production of The King and I

The King and I has long been the “problem” Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and there is certainly a hint of condescension in a story about an English governess showing the King of Siam the error… read more
Posted in Review, Screening

Enter the Dragon - weird and wonderful but David Vass wants more like this

Enter the Dragons - review In what amounted to a significant gear change for the Corn Hall, Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards presented a short, sharp shock of a show that was funny, provocative, and… read more
Posted in Comedy, Review, Theatre

Luke Wright's Stand Up Poetry Club presented a compelling contrast of talent

Promoted to the main auditorium, Luke Wright's Stand-Up Poetry Club swapped intimacy for elbow room in an evening dominated by the anger of men who can’t quite believe what is happening in the world. First… read more
Posted in Luke Wright, Review, Stand-Up Poetry, Theatre, Uncategorised

Open Space's Browning Version - their finest ever

The Browning Version Never shy of a challenge, Open Space Theatre Company’s latest production is a play generally regarded as Terence Rattigan’s finest. Judging by the opening night at Wingfield Barns, it may well also… read more
Posted in Open Space Theatre Company, Review, Theatre

A riotous performance of Peter Pan is captured by a drawing soldier

Last Saturday Peter Pan flew into the Corn Hall in search of his shadow and, along with the Darling family, took the Saturday Club on an amazing adventure to Neverland. There were so many pirates,… read more
Posted in Diss, Exhibitions, Family, Pantomime, Review, Theatre, Uncategorised

Next Wednesday's film, The Happy Prince, has a message which is ultimately positive

The Happy Prince Rupert Everett has written, directed and starred in this film, a project he has toiled for years to get off the ground, and his commitment and belief in the endeavour is evident… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Journey's End - the Wednesday film - is a quietly magnificent - and hugely respectful - testament to those we must not forget.

Journey’s End (12A) While watching Saul Dibb’s superb adaption of R C Sherriff's masterpiece, I found myself being continually astonished that the play on which it was based was written only 10 years after the… read more
Posted in Film, Review, WWI

Common Ground's, The Mariner demonstrates just how good a touring company can be

The Mariner If there is one word to describe Common Ground’s latest production, it would be ambitious. Handsomely staged, this mix of song, music and theatre tackles both Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s life and his most… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

4 star review of 'The Mariner' Common Ground's latest production - coming 26 Oct

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is probably as much remembered by the general public today for his troubled life and opium addiction as for his verse and association with Wordsworth’s circle. Of his poetry, the most likely… read more
Posted in Music, Review, Theatre

The Hilarious World of James Campbell… yes everyone thought it was really hilarious.

A review by Sophie. Yesterday I went to watch the amazing kid’s comedian James Campbell, he was a joy to watch and extremely funny- all the children and most of the adults were crying with… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

ARTS AWARD STUDENTS AT THE CORN HALL VOLUNTEER WITH PETE'S FAMILY JAM AT OUR SATURDAY CLUB

On Saturday 22nd September we volunteered at Pete's Family Jam. It was a fun, light hearted 'get away' for children aged 0 to 100! The show incorporated both children and adults with easy to use… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Family, Music, Review

David Vass enjoys reliving the many hits of The Kinks

Resolutely not a tribute band, The Kast off Kinks are essentially the real thing without the Davies brothers, and have been performing their considerable back catalogue for well over 20 years. Obviously pleased to be… read more
Posted in Music, Review

Wednesday film - part comedy, part travelogue, part mystery, part romance - will delight fans of Downton Abbey

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Wednesday 26 Sept, 10.30am & 7.30pm Part comedy, part travelogue, part mystery, part romance, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Annie Barrows’s post-war epistolary novel is a film… read more
Posted in Film, Review

The Corn Hall Presents Diss in WWI

The Corn Hall presents Diss in WWI. Commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI in 2018 we are pleased to be able to bring to the Corn Hall a series of events and activities… read more
Posted in Diss, Exhibitions, Family, Film, Music, Norfolk, Word

Lady Bird - next Wednesday's film - features superb performances

Depending through which end of the telescope you view Lady Bird (nominated for three Academy Awards), teenager Christine McPherson is either a bright young thing struggling against the suffocation of suburbia, or a brattish malcontent,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

I, Tonya - An absorbing tale that is both tragic and hilarious

While not exactly America’s answer to the tribulations of Eddie the Eagle (Tonya Harding was a world class athlete) this shaggy dog story is similarly fantastical and contradictory. Director Craig Gillespie busts the fourth wall… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Toyah - Up Close & Personal at the Corn Hall

Perhaps the first British singer to be known only by her first name, Toyah entertained the Corn Hall with a string of post punk hits from the early 80s, and while for those of us… read more
Posted in Music, Review

Next Wednesday's film - literate, profane and very clever.

What do you do, screenwriter and director Martin McDonagh seems to be asking, when there is nothing to be done? When a mother’s grief, following her daughter’s murder, turns to impotent rage she hits out… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Next Wednesday’s film - The Shape of Water – is a modern fairy tale that is both startling and uplifting

The cinema of Guillermo del Toro is notoriously dark and troubling and, although his latest film is notionally set in the US of the 1960s, it is a typically fantastical alternative version of those troubled… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Review

Have you tried wolf tail soup? Our three little pigs thought it was delicious...!

On Saturday 21st July I went to watch the fantastic, child friendly performance at the Corn Hall, Three Little Pigs Tails (Young Reviewer Sophie pictured with Garlic Theatre's Iklooshar Malara).   I was extremely impressed… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Comedy, Diss, Family, Norfolk, Review, Theatre

Authentic and truthful, A Fantastic Woman holds a mirror up to society

If there was any doubt where director Sebastián Lelio’s was going with the Oscar Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, there’s a big clue in the film’s ironic title.  While some might find transgender Marina Vidal, played… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Christopher Plummer - a brilliant performance as cantankerous Getty in next Wednesday's film

Although loosely based on John Pearson’s book, Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J Paul Getty, the antecedence of Ridley Scott’s film has been largely overshadowed by the reshooting of… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Bethany Crow's review of Life on the Deben

During my time at the Diss Corn Hall work experience day I had the pleasure of helping steward the movie Life on the Deben and then watching this interesting documentary. Throughout the documentary you learn… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Norfolk, Review, Training

Rowan Whittington Reviews Life on the Deben

I am Rowan Whittington, a student from Diss Sixth Form, taking part in the student Takeover Day at The Corn Hall. Whilst doing so, I watched the Wednesday morning showing of Life on the Deben.… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Norfolk, Review, Training

Elliot Grayston Work Experience At The Corn Hall

Work Experience: I am a student from Diss Sixth Form, and because of changing A-levels we had to complete a week of work experience. I had the opportunity to complete my work experience at the… read more
Posted in Training

Joseph Grayston Has Enjoyable Time During Work Experience Week At The Corn Hall

For one week starting on the 9th of July I completed work experience at Diss Corn Hall. The opportunity arose after a change in A-Levels meant that students of year 12 at Diss High had… read more
Posted in Training

Luke Wright & Mike Garry mesmerised at June Poetry Club

Another six months have rolled by since the last time we had a night of performance poetry at the Corn Hall, but it proved to be worth the wait, with a selection of new poems… read more
Posted in Luke Wright, Review, Stand-Up Poetry, Word

Gary Oldman’s Oscar winning performance invests the character of Churchill with doubt, humanity and righteous anger - Darkest Hour Preview

Churchill has been so lionised in reason times, that it’s both a surprise and a shock to be reminded how tenuous his authority was at the outset of the Second World War, and how capricious… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Norfolk, Review

This Wednesday's film - heart-warming and beautifully judged

Breaking Away When movies seem split between brainless big budget blockbusters and narrow gauge art house fodder, it’s tempting to harken back to a golden age of intelligent, offbeat, cinema intended for a mainstream audience.… read more
Posted in Film, Review

In Between - David Vass previews this Wednesday's film

The idea of a dope-smoking, leather-jacketed lawyer and an aspiring DJ, opening up their home to a strait-laced, studious, ultra-conservative Muslim sounds like the setup for a credulity stretching social drama, but in the hands… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Luke Wright’s Stand-Up Poetry Club

Another six months have rolled by since the last time we had a night of performance poetry at the Corn Hall, but it proved to be worth the wait, with a selection of new poems… read more
Posted in Review, Stand-Up Poetry, Word

Young Reviewer thinks Water Babies is fantastic

"It was about a little boy who did work up a chimney, his boss forced him to do it. He jumped into the sea because his life was just work. But when he jumped into… read more
Posted in Family, Review, Theatre

Wednesday's film is a gloriously cinematic rollercoaster ride

Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel is a big budget, gloriously cinematic, giddy rollercoaster ride of a movie. A nostalgic indulgence that is not just for a… read more
Posted in Film, Review

String Theatre's inventive mix of puppetry and magic lantern entranced audience

String Theatre’s charming adaptation of Charles Kingsley’s novel is a delightfully whimsical version of what is frankly dubious source material, thankfully borrowing more Lionel Jeffries’s film than Kingsley’s sombre satire damning child labour. Using an… read more
Posted in Family, Theatre

Arts Award students make a 'spectacle' of themselves!

Our Silver Arts Award students had a specs-tacular time exploring our last exhibition in the Upper Gallery. The exhibition of Dipple & Conway’s optical paraphernalia was a hit with adults and children alike who were… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Exhibitions

This Wednesday's film will keep you gripped until it's surprising conclusion

Loveless Filmed in the perpetual gloom of a snowy Russian autumn, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest movie paints a sombre, melancholy picture of a self-centred and supremely unsympathetic couple in the midst of an acrimonious breakup, oblivious… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Community Choir continuing due to popular demand

Our Singing for All - Community Choir has been so successful we're running it throughout the summer. Our relaxed and informal choir meets on Saturday mornings and everyone is welcome :) Experienced and friendly tutor… read more
Posted in Family, Music

Sour Puss - A magical performance according to our young reviewer

Recently I went to watch the heart-warming children's play, Sourpuss here at the Corn Hall in Diss. The acting capabilities of puppeteer Joanna May were so impressive the puppet strings disappeared and the puppets came… read more
Posted in Family, Uncategorised

Get Out! - an intelligent thriller says reviewer David Vass

It’s a truism that the characters in thrillers frequently act irrationally, leaving their frustrated audience mute with impotent rage. All we want them to do is get out, yet they rarely follow this advice. Jordan… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Eastern Angles latest play is powerful and moving

Eastern Angles have something of a reputation for cannily focusing on regional topics which nonetheless touch on universal themes. In Nicola Werenowska’s Guesthouse, the company uses the device of a struggling B&B in Clacton to… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Oscar & BAFTA winning film is a beautifully photographed love letter to Northern Italy

Call Me By Your Name Set during a hot and seemingly endless summer, this beautifully photographed film is a love letter to Northern Italy, telling the minutely observed story of Elio, a grumpy teenager played… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Review of Open Space production of Dancing at Lughnasa

Brain Freil’s play Dancing at Lughnasa is an uncompromising examination of how poverty so often leads to the stagnation of already challenged lives. If that sounds like a grim way to spend a couple of… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

This Wednesday - Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is refreshing and authentic, says David Vass

Loosely based on Peter Turner's account of his love affair with faded movie star Gloria Grahame, Paul McGuigan’s unassuming film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool recounts a quiet romance between a struggling young actor… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Julius Caesar from National Theatre a hit

Shakespeare’s essay on political expediency and the fragility of power is notoriously difficult to stage effectively. With an early exit for its eponymous lead, and the closing scenes largely taken up by folk shouting and… read more
Posted in Review, Screening, Theatre

ARTS AWARD STUDENTS TAKE A STAND

Tuesday 6th March saw our Arts Award students take a stand during the inspiring theatre performance of ‘We are the Lions, Mr Manager!’ at the Corn Hall. The students were treated to an exclusive workshop… read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award, Comedy, Theatre

Paddington 2 wins over our reviewer, David Vass

Freed from the exposition of the little bear’s arrival in London, the sequel to Paddington gets stuck straight into the action, with a meticulously constructed screenplay that is crammed full of huge laughs, but also… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Local children explore the world of Winnie the Witch at the Corn Hall

Following on from the visit of the internationally acclaimed children’s illustrator Korky Paul to the Corn Hall to open his exhibition and lead a charmingly interactive ‘Read & Draw’ Saturday Club workshop, the Arts &… read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award, Family, Refurbishment, Staff, Word

RoughCast Theatre - a bold and comedic Measure for Measure

Despite Shakespeare’s prodigious output, only a relatively small number of his plays are regularly performed, so Roughcast are to be commended for tackling one of his trickiest, problematic plays, and for making such good sense… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

A preview of The Party, screening this Wednesday

Sally Potter’s first film since 2012 voyeuristically takes a peek at a group of self-satisfied, champagne socialists, as they tear lumps out of each other in an increasingly farcical, middle-class nightmare of social niceties,  acid… read more
Posted in Film, Review

This Wednesday's film - Goodbye Christopher Robin - previewed

Anyone expecting a sugar-coated period drama needs to approach this film with caution. Director Simon Curtis has instead delivered something altogether more substantial and troubling. Based on local author, Ann Thwaite’s biography of A A… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Townsend Productions latest is another hit with our reviewer, David Vass

We Are the Lions, Mr Manager! Townsend Productions’ latest play sees the further development of Neil Gore as a writer of increasing confidence and individuality. In this unapologetic polemic, we still got his signature mix… read more
Posted in Music, Review, Theatre

Dan Cruickshank - from heartbreaking destruction of Palmyra to the delights of Diss

Anyone coming to the Corn Hall expecting a dry, sober lecture on the history of world architecture through one hundred iconic buildings might have been a little taken aback by Dan Cruickshank’s exhilarating roller coaster… read more
Posted in Review, Word

David Vass reviews Corn Hall Comedy

If riffing off an audience without the safety net of prepared material is a sign of a fine compère, then Andrew Ryan is the epitome of that rare and special talent. Twenty minutes into his… read more
Posted in Comedy, Review

Wednesday film preview - La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

La Belle et la Bête was directed by Jean Cocteau, one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Churchill - A preview of the Wednesday film

Winston Churchill, consumed with guilt over the tragedy of Gallipoli, remained opposed to the D-day Normandy invasion of 1944 up until the eve of the landing. Famously, it was judged the turning point of the… read more
Posted in Film, Review

A preview of Wednesday film - A Man Called Ove

Hannes Holm’s adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel is that rarest of things, a film that improves on its source material. In place of Backman’s broad brush comedy, Holm presents an altogether more nuanced take… read more
Posted in Film, Review, Screening

My Cousin Rachel - a preview

Screening this Wednesday 24th January, Corn Hall previewer David Vass praises this new adaptation of du Maurier's classic tale. There must be something about Daphne du Maurier’s lean prose that lends itself to film adaptation,… read more
Posted in Film

Dunkirk - A Preview

The story of the Dunkirk evacuation, which saw a flotilla of small civilian vessels assist in the rescue of stranded troops from France in 1940, has been told many times before, but never with such… read more
Posted in Film, Review, Screening

Young Marx - A Preview

Karl Marx had been thrown out of Prussia, Germany, France and Belgium by the time he made a home for himself in London’s Soho, a tiny refuge for European dissidents that Richard Bean and Clive… read more
Posted in Comedy, Review, Screening, Theatre

The Sense of an Ending - A Preview

Notionally based on Julian Barnes’s novel of the same name, Ritesh Batra has refashioned Barnes’s meta-story of intrigue and misdirection into a compact and arresting puzzle that progresses with a pleasingly oblique trajectory. In place… read more
Posted in Film, Review, Screening

Great Family Fun - Aladdin at the Corn Hall

As the first year of the newly refurbished Corn Hall draws to a close, it seems only fitting that the occasion be marked with resolutely old fashioned Pantomime. Handsomely staged and dressed, Aladdin brought songs,… read more
Posted in Comedy, Family, Music, Pantomime, Refurbishment, Review, Theatre

Audiences are loving Aladdin!

Here are some facebook reviews 5*  Just got home from Diss Panto...we had such a great time and we all vary in ages so it suited everyone. Full of laughter fun, singing, dancing..the lot!!! Lee Peck… read more
Posted in Comedy, Family, Pantomime, Review, Theatre

A woman of no importance review

This was the first of several Oscar Wilde revivals by Clear Spring, a company dedicated to celebrating work written and performed under the proscenium arch, and therefore needs to be seen as an education as… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future - a review

With previous shows focusing on his opera loving Dad, his campaigning days, and those in a Wakefield shed, Mark Thomas has often trawled the past for comic material with an edge. On this occasion, however,… read more
Posted in Comedy

Baby Driver - A preview

Edgar Wright is best known for his collaboration with Simon Pegg on the Cornetto trilogy, and though his first solo venture, Scott Pilgrim, was a cult success it was also a commercial disaster. This time… read more
Posted in Film, Music, Review, Screening

Suddenly Last Summer at Wingfield Barns - A Preview

If allowed only one word to describe Open Space Theatre, then it would have to be ambitious. Not content to take on Tennessee Williams, a challenging and contrary playwright, the group have tackled one of… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Griff Rhys Jones - Where was I?

Griff Rhys Jones was in a loquacious mood at the Corn Hall, rattling through all manner of amusing anecdotes, as he shared behind the scenes insights from his years of travelling. Jones has had an… read more
Posted in Comedy, Word

Team Viking review

After his triumphant appearance in Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant thing last year, expectation for James Rowland's return to the Corn Hall was high. Fortunately, his debut solo show proved to be worth the wait, showcasing… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Michael Portillo at the Corn Hall

The epitome of the consummate public speaker, Michael Portillo wandered on stage, with faux casualness, on the dot of his allotted time, and proceeded to regale a packed house with anecdotes from his time in… read more
Posted in Review, Word

The Old Curiosity Shop review

The Old Curiosity Shop by Common Ground Theatre Company The source novel for this production is an uneven, overly sentimental work that betrays its episodic origins. If you want to have a go at Dickens,… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Lady Macbeth Review

It is a hundred and fifty years since Russian author Nikolai Leskov published Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Dostoevsky’s Epoch magazine, and adaptations of the novella have since been many and varied, but… read more
Posted in Film

I am Not Your Negro (12) - A Preview

Novelist and playwright James Baldwin is perhaps best known for his social essays on the deeply divided US society that surrounded him, not least his unfinished manuscript Remember This House, a personal memoir of Malcolm… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Finding Joy - A Review

Finding Joy – Vamos Theatre at the Corn Hall The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two. Mask theatre, when done well, manages to tap into something deeply emotional, almost primal, in a way conventional… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Denial (12A) - A Preview

Directed by Mick Jackson, UK/USA, 2016, 110 mins With Timothy Spall, Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson In an age of alternative facts and fake news, Mick Jackson’s reconstruction of David Irving’s libel claim against Deborah Lipstadt… read more
Posted in Film

Moonlight (15)- A Preview

Inspired by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s postgraduate theatre project “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, Barry Jenkins’s second film is a remarkably assured portrait of three key moments in a young man’s life. Laden with… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Their Finest (12A) - A Preview

There was a time when fake news was known as propaganda, and a time before that when propaganda wasn’t a dirty word. Their Finest explores how the ignoble retreat from Dunkirk was recast as an… read more
Posted in Film

Work Experience at The Corn Hall

Earlier this year, I did my work experience at the Corn Hall. During this experience, I took part in helping at the box office, shadowing the technical assistants for film projection, making posters for the… read more
Posted in Staff

The Viceroy's House (12A) - A Preview

Lord Louis Mountbatten was the last Viceroy of India, tasked with dismantling the last vestiges of the Empire. Together with his wife, he would have made a fascinating subject for a film in his own… read more
Posted in Film

THE JUNGLE BOOK (PG) - A Preview

Directed by Jon Favreau With Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley For many, the animated 1967 film is not only Disney’s finest film, but one of the greatest of all time. When news broke the… read more
Posted in Family, Film

BARRY LYNDON (PG) - A Preview

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA/Ireland, 1975, 184 mins With Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee Stanley Kubrick’s back catalogue is so august, that it’s perhaps inevitable that Barry Lyndon is less well known than the… read more
Posted in Film

The Wandering Spectre - An Update

Since the beginning of the year The Keeper’s Daughter and The Corn Hall have been collaborating on The Wind Back Time project - a community focussed project to explore the heritage of Diss. This has… read more
Posted in Theatre

THE SALESMAN (12) - A Preview

Directed by Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2016, 125 mins, subtitled With Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi Asghar Farhadi’s seventh feature is the fourth to star Taraneh Alidoosti, who plays a woman attacked in the bathroom… read more
Posted in Film

Arts Awards Students Near Completion

Following on from the very successful Arts Award 'take over day' when the teenagers saw their planning, promoting and preparation come together at the Hen House music workshop and performance for young children and their… read more
Posted in Arts Award

Hidden Figures (PG) - A Preview

Directed by Theodore Melfi, USA, 2016, 127 mins With Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe & Kevin Costner There is something uniquely satisfying about a film that is both educational and entertaining, and while… read more
Posted in Film

Manchester By The Sea (15) - A Preview

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 135 mins With Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s earlier features offered little evidence that he was capable of producing work of genuine merit, but in Manchester… read more
Posted in Film

NOTES ON BLINDNESS (U) - A Preview

Directed by Peter Middleton & James Spinney, UK, 2016, 90 mins With Dan Skinner, John Hull, Marilyn Hull When John Hill realised he was going blind, he started recording his thoughts and feelings on tape,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Alice Lee Bird Colouring- In Days

We are so excited to be hosting Alice's exhibition of bird prints until 31 August. The exquisite drawings are based on bird life on the Mere and those found in Skelton's poem and now you… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

Toni Erdman (15) - A Preview

Directed by Maren Ade, Germany, 2016, 162 mins, subtitled in parts  With Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek  The prospect of watching a German comedy that runs for a little under three hours would give the most… read more
Posted in Film

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (12A) - A PREVIEW

National Theatre Live (encore) 13 July 7pm It’s over fifty years since Tom Stoppard’s debut play premiered at the Edinburgh fringe, and it’s fascinating to the re-examine what the precocious talent of a twenty something… read more
Posted in Screening

Dr Phil’s Health Revolution - A Review

Phil Hammond was quick to embrace the brilliance of universal healthcare, but also admit to its shortcomings, in his frank and candid talk on the NHS, how he came to work within it, and the… read more
Posted in Review, Word

T2 Trainspotting - A Preview

When news broke that, after twenty years, Danny Boyle would be making a sequel to Trainspotting, the abiding feeling was more trepidation than anticipation, such is the regard for the original film. Much to everyone’s… read more
Posted in Film

Professor Robert Winston - A Review

Robert Winston made no concessions to the faint hearted with his fascinating talk that explored the ethical considerations increasingly brought to bear on a medical profession now able to make quite extraordinary genetic modifications to… read more
Posted in Review, Word

Flying Scotsman (15) - A Preview

Director: Douglas Mackinnon, UK, 2006, 96 mins Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Brian Cox With Jonny Lee Miller returning to the formative role of Sick Boy in Trainspointing after twenty years, it’s worth remembering what… read more
Posted in Film

Under the Shadow (15) - A Preview

Directed by Babak Anvari, Iran/Jordan/UK, 2016, 84 mins, subtitles With Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobi Naderi As an Iranian brought up in Britain, director Babak Anvari is well placed to explore the challenges of a… read more
Posted in Film

LA LA LAND (12A) - A PREVIEW

Every time a successful musical comes along - Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Moulin Rouge - it is heralded as some sort of rebirth. Proving, yet again, that there is still life in this continually reinvented… read more
Posted in Film

Have a go at weaving memories over half term- Bring your own materials!

  Kim from the Saori Shed will be holding free drop in weaving workshops with a difference. She is encouraging you to bring in personal material to weave with, it could be fabric from an… read more
Posted in Art, Family

Diss Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers demonstrate and exhibit at the Corn Hall

We are pleased to welcome the Diss Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers back to the Corn Hall in our new Upper Gallery to celebrate Diss' rich textile heritage. They will be exhibiting a wealth… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

The Corn Hall galleries relaunch with Past Present Future and Nicola Hockley

The Corn Hall has relaunched its exhibitions programme in its 2 new galleries. The Main Galley downstairs holds an exhibition of plans and artefacts connected to the reinvention of the Corn Hall and asks visitors… read more
Posted in Art

Our Kind of Traitor (15) - A Preview

The phenomenal success of the BBC’s super glamorous Night Manager signalled a distinct shift away from the dour John le Carré adaptations of the last century, something Our Kind Of Traitor is happy to capitalize on.… read more
Posted in Film

Families - stuck for something to do over Half Term? Come to the Corn Hall!

Don't sit twiddling your thumbs over half term, come and visit us at the Corn Hall, we have loads of great, cheap events and activities for you! Alongside Diss Guild of Weavers and Spinners exhibition… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

A Review: Saturday Club - Nick Cope

Last weekend I went to the Saturday club at the reopened Corn Hall, where I saw Nick Cope doing a performance for all the family! Nick sang a variety of songs that were all very… read more
Posted in Family, Review

A United Kingdom (12A) - A Preview

Director: Amma Asante, UK, 2016, 111 mins David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport Although the love affair between Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams is at the centre of Amma Asante’s film, it is selling it… read more
Posted in Film

A Review: Lady Maisery

Billed as a welcome return of folk music to the Corn Hall, Lady Maisery offered up something altogether richer and more varied. Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew showcased their considerable music talents with… read more
Posted in Music, Review

A Review: Luke Wright – The Toll

A week on from the reopening of the newly refurbished Corn Hall, performance poetry returned to Diss with Luke Wright’s solo show, combining accomplished wordplay and brilliant showmanship to hugely entertaining effect. The Bard of… read more
Posted in Word

A Street Cat Named Bob  - A Preview

Based on James Bowen's bestselling autobiographical book, A Street Cat Named Bob is a heart-warming, yet surprisingly unflinching, examination of homelessness and drug dependency.  Bob, a ginger stray, comes into Bowen’s life, and in doing… read more
Posted in Film, Review

A Review: Burton by Gwynne Edwards

Richard Burton was a fascinating, contrary man that defied the logic of a job for life down the pit to become an international superstar, only to have his private life then eclipse his acting achievements.… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Mermaid and Sea Monster craft workshop at DC3 this morning

Thanks to everyone who made a scary or beautiful sea monster at our craft workshop this morning. We really enjoyed turning DC3 into an underwater wonderland with the help of a group of talented young… read more
Posted in Art, Family, Theatre

Edna tells Grace her stories about Diss

A great wealth of stories and memories of Diss, Norfolk and London were shared during our reminiscence session at De Lucy House. We watched John Betjeman's film Something About Diss shot in 1964 and looked at… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

ALLIED (15) - A Preview

Wednesday 26 April, 8pm at Diss High School as part of Corn Hall on tour, book tickets here. Robert Zemeckis has made a specialism of exploiting film wizardry to startling effect, from the insertion of… read more
Posted in Film, Review

See How They Run - A Preview

Open Space’s occasional foray into British farce continued with their opening night of Philip King’s famous wartime comedy. Written and set during World War II, it’s a fascinating insight into psyche of a nation laughing… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Julieta (15) - A Preview

Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Starring: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao 15 cert; 98 mins Although based on three Alice Munro short stories, Almodóvar’s latest movie seamlessly blends Munro’s discreet narratives into a textured and satisfying… read more
Posted in Film

SULLY: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON (12A) - A PREVIEW

How do you make a film out of an event that took place within the space of two hundred and eight seconds, and ends in a way that everyone is already familiar with? Putting Tom… read more
Posted in Film

Welcome to our Arts and Heritage Outreach Officer

We have been so busy with preparations for re-opening we haven't had time to introduce our newest staff member, Justine. Here she is to fill you in on what she has been doing.... In my… read more
Posted in Staff

Getting your Board on board!

Being new to the Corn Hall Board of Trustees and also to involvement in the arts sector I was happy to take up the offer of a training day run by ‘house’ an organization aiming… read more
Posted in Staff, Training

Job Opportunities with Fredricks at the Corn Hall

As part of the major project to refurbish the Corn Hall arts and heritage centre in Diss, we are opening a new cafe in the venue in conjunction with Fredricks Fine Foods. The cafe will… read more
Posted in Fredricks Cafe, Jobs

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (12A) - A Preview

15 March 7.30pm, Diss High School Directed by David Yates, UK/USA, 2016, 133 mins With Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Morton, Katherine Waterston Harry Potter’s world is so quintessentially British, that reimagining wizardry in a New York setting… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Creative Collaboration on Wind Back Time Project

The Corn Hall, The Keeper's Daughter and Arts Award had a very productive creative skills sharing session on Tuesday. The Keeper's Daughter led their group through structured improvisation around the memories recorded for the Wind Back… read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award, Theatre, Uncategorised

Bolognaise, beautiful buildings and brilliantly crafted children’s theatre

Bolognaise, beautiful buildings and brilliantly crafted children’s theatre… What better way to spend three bright sunny days in Bologna? The sightseeing and the epicurean experiences were squeezed in the intervals between the productions on show… read more
Posted in Family, Staff

I, Daniel Blake (15) - A Preview

I, DANIEL BLAKE (15) Directed by Ken Loach, UK, 2016, 100 mins With Dave Johns, Haley Squires, Sharon Percy After the whimsy of Angel’s Share and the sentimentality of Jimmy’s Hall there were whispers that… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Free Figure Drawing at Keeper's Daughter Rehearsal

If you like drawing and want to draw the human figure please join us for the Moving Figure Drawing workshop.  We will use a variety of techniques and work at different scales to draw actors as they rehearse ideas… read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award, Uncategorised

Corn Hall Comedy Club - A Review

This was probably the very last outing for the Corn Hall Comedy night at the Rugby Club before it returns to its natural home – a varied and lively night that had MC Keiran Boyd… read more
Posted in Comedy, Review

The Girl with All the Gifts (15) - A Preview

The zombie movie has, over the last 30 years, moved from the scurrilous arena of the video nasty to (almost) mainstream entertainment, and for many the transition has neutered what was an impishly transgressive pleasure.… read more
Posted in Film

Our Technical Bronze Arts Award begins

Our new recruits on the Technical Bronze Arts Award practice their sound and video recording skills by making a talking-head style interview with our Technical Manager Harry Moore. The Tech Pathway gives young people the… read more
Posted in Arts Award

The Queen of Katwe (PG) - A Preview

Chess playing in an outlying township of Uganda seems an unlikely topic for a film, not least when it falls to Disney to make the movie, but director Mira Nair has adapted the true story… read more
Posted in Film

Dare Devil Rides to Jarama - A Review

Thursday 9th February 2017 Townsend Productions Dare Devil Rides to Jarama Louise Townsend’s eponymous production company has a knack for examining events of huge historical significance through the prism of an individual’s experience, and their… read more
Posted in Theatre

Share your memories of Diss

Would you like to share your stories about Diss in a friendly environment with like minded people? Or learn how to record memories and publish your photos of Diss onto the World Wide Web? Would… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Family, Theatre, Word

Introducing The Keeper's Daughter

Hello all, we’re The Keeper’s Daughter! This is our first ever post on the website though we’ve been the resident theatre company at The Corn Hall for five years. We’ve got a bit to fill you… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

Refurbishment Update by Lucy Kayne

Lucy has been busy snapping onsite again this week. Here's a quick update on how the Corn Hall is progressing! " ngg_triggers_display="never" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] read more
Posted in Refurbishment

Bridget Jones’s Baby (15) - A Preview

It’s twelve years since Renée Zellweger first brought Helen Fielding’s newspaper column to life, and after the wobbly sequel a few years back, this third instalment represents a resounding return to form. The diarised format… read more
Posted in Film

Lucy Kayne documents the refurbishment

  For just over a year I've been lucky enough to witness the evolution of the Corn Hall first hand.Every couple of weeks since the Corn Hall closed for its refurbishment, I've donned a hard… read more
Posted in Refurbishment

Wind Back Time Event

Thanks to everyone who visited our Wind Back Time Sign-Up Event on Tuesday. It was great to meet you all and great so many of you want to get involved. There is still time to join us… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) - a preview

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) Industrial giant, Pixar and plucky Brits, Aardman have of late dominated the animation market, so it’s good to see Laika elbowing their way in between. They combine computer generation… read more
Posted in Film

The Corn Hall welcomes new Technical Manager

We are very excited to welcome Harry Moore to the Corn Hall Team. Harry will be busy getting the Hall ready for the reopening ensuring that we have sound, light, music and action!! Here is… read more
Posted in Staff

Departure (15) - A Preview

Writer/director Andrew Stegall’s debut feature is a brittle, delicate window into the stifling relationship between a mother and her son, pregnant with ennui and the unspoken sadness of unfulfilled dreams and broken promises. Many will… read more
Posted in Film

Wind Back Time - A Community Project

We have an exciting new community project with The Keeper's Daughter which has received development funding from Arts Council East. The project aims to get people to share local memories which will provide inspiration for a… read more
Posted in Arts Award

Arts Awards Students and Big Draw 2016

Arts Award students helped with the Big Draw 2016 which was organised  and hosted by Designermakers21 on Saturday 8th October 2016. The event was attended by about 100 people and over £100 was raised for… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Uncategorised

Felix Tooth Exhibition

Felix Tooth, one of our Silver Arts Award members, has an exhibition at DesignerMakers 21 from Thursday 2 June - Saturday 25 June. Please come see and support his wonderful work. read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award

Luke Wright’s Stay-at-Home Dandy - a review

The Corn Hall’s quarterly Stand Up Poetry Club has been a show case for a delightfully eclectic selection of poets over the last few years. It’s perhaps fitting that, for the final session before the… read more
Posted in Comedy, Word

Kast off Kinks - a review

A curious hybrid of heritage and tribute acts has emerged over the last few years – bands made up of departed personnel from groups no longer with us. Bruce Foxton still plays music From the Jam,… read more
Posted in Music

A Strange Wild Song by Rhum and Clay - a review 

The Rhum and Clay Theatre Company use their considerable skills in physical theatre to tell the touching story of an American soldier, lost in a ruined French village, who befriends three children amongst the rubble.… read more
Posted in Theatre

Henning Wehn - Eins Zwei DIY - a review

Henning Wehn has carved himself a curious niche - as an oxymoronic German comedian in a country that prides itself on the quality of its stand up. Nicely riffing off the absurdity of such a… read more
Posted in Comedy

Bleak House - The Pantaloons Theatre Company - a review

Adaptation of beloved texts, particularly those from the sacred canon, can be a tricky business. Stray too far from the source material and the purists are offended. Adhere too closely and nothing but a dreary… read more
Posted in Theatre

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… read more
Posted in Music

The Will Pound Band - a review 

Considering he is one of the best harmonica players on the planet, Will Pound seems a remarkably self-effacing man. Content for the most part to let his harmonica do the talking, audience chat took second… read more
Posted in Music

Marcus Brigstocke: Je M'accuse - I Am Marcus - a review

Marcus Brigstocke is a sneaky fellow. Instead of his signature splenetic diatribes, he teased his audience’s assumptions about the show they were getting, with the simple pleasures of daft voices and warm gel on the… read more
Posted in Comedy