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A superbly staged production that is both ambitious and original

It’s been awhile since we’ve enjoyed theatre of any kind, but setting that aside, a while longer since The Keeper’s Daughter have presented one of their adaptations of classic texts. The works of Conan Doyle,… read more
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A Magically Nostalgic Evening with Dad's Army

Back in the 70s it was not uncommon for a successful TV show to be adapted for the radio, and Dad’s Army was no exception. David Benson’s and Jack Lane’s audacious idea was to replicate… read more
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Start With Art! returns with wonderful weaving

On Tuesday 1st June, The Corn Hall hosted its first Start With Art! event of the year. Organised by Rachel Barker of IMPS Creativity, the Start With Art! project sees children engage with creative activities… read more
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The Corn Hall unlocks with an evening celebrating local talent

As the Corn Hall tentatively awakens from its lockdown slumber it is only fitting that it should make use of this opening night (albeit online) to showcase local talent. Mentored by the Corn Hall’s ActNow!… read more
Posted in Family, Film, Review

War Horse - one of the best known, and best loved, theatrical productions of this century.  

It’s hard to imagine a better way to re-open the Corn Hall than with a showing of what must be one of the best known, and best loved, theatrical productions of this century. Based on… read more
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Start with Art! with some Awesome Owls, Swirling Otters and very Creative IMPs

On Tuesday 27 October, The Corn Hall hosted its latest 'Start With Art!' (SWA!) event aimed at encouraging children to express their creativity. The SWA! programme is the brainchild of Rachel Baker, of Imps Creativity,… read more
Posted in Art, Exhibitions, Family, Outreach

David Copperfield is very funny, breathlessly energetic and endlessly imaginative

Armando Iannucci’s exuberant adaptation of David Copperfield opens with our eponymous hero telling his life story to a rapt audience in Bury St Edmund’s Theatre Royal. What follows is a joyous romp around East Anglia,… read more
Posted in Family, Film, Uncategorised

Red Shoes is a Marvellous Spectacle full of glamour and romance

Michael Powell's masterful adaptation of a Hans Christian Anderson story famously inspired Mathew Bourne to enter the world of dance, and his adaptation of the film is full of the glamour, romance and creativity that… read more
Posted in Family, Review, Theatre

Live Theatre returns to Diss with The Handlebards’s Romeo and Juliet

It was a slimmed down version of the Handlebards that entertained people in the park, as part of the Corn Hall’s continuing efforts to reintroduce live theatre to Diss. Fortunately, what the company lacked in… read more
Posted in Comedy, Family, Theatre

Little Women breathes new life into into the Classic Novel

Louisa May Alcott’s book has been adapted many times, and as recently as the mid-nineties, so Greta Gerwig had to bring something very special to the screen in order to justify yet one more retelling… read more
Posted in Family, Film, Review

The Crow's Tale was charming, imaginative, and delightful

This was the third visit to the Corn Hall for London based String Theatre, presenting their most ambitious production yet - a charming tale based on a Lenni Lenape Native American legend. The story of… read more
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Horrible Histories is a fun packed romp through Roman Britain

The Horrible Histories book series has sold over 25 million copies, inspiring toys, magazines, and video games. In 2009, CBBC showcased a sketch show based on the franchise which continues to this day. Perhaps inevitably,… read more
Posted in Comedy, Family, Film

John Hegley certainly knows his potatoes

With a mix of poetry and song, John Hegley presented an evening of gentle good humour at the Corn Hall. With the help of Chris and his trumpet, he delighted his audience with whimsies on… read more
Posted in Comedy, Family, Music, Theatre, Word

Judy is Zellweger’s chameleon like transformation makes this her movie from beginning to end

Adapted by Tom Edge from Peter Quilter’s the stage play, this is a raw portrait of Judy Garland at the end of her career, and a showcase for Renée Zellweger’s uncanny ability to get under… read more
Posted in Family, Film, Music

J D King's Elvis - here soon!

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Posted in Family, live entertainment, Music

A Triumphant Return for Common Ground's Sherlock Holmes

Common Ground returned to the Corn Hall with another of their post-Christmas shows. It's something that looks like becoming something of a traditional, with packed houses for both performances of their further adventures of Holmes… read more
Posted in Comedy, Family, Theatre

Start with Art! #NationalLottery25

This image represents an special moment in a child’s life, shared with his grandparents, at our recent ‘Start with Art!’ event. Here at the Corn Hall in Diss the support from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage… read more
Posted in Art, Diss, Exhibitions, Family, Heritage, Norfolk, Outreach

A Splash of Colour with IMPS: Abstract Expressionism

On Tuesday 6th August 75 children between 17 months and 11 years old, together with their parents, grandparents and carers, joined Rachel Baker from IMPS as she introduced them all to the works of world… read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award, Exhibitions, Family, Outreach, Uncategorised

Follow the Lost Boys, Hoist the Jolly Roger and Look Out for Captain Hook.

              For three days last week 22 young performers immersed themselves in singing, dancing, drama and arts activities as they journeyed to Neverland. Late on the third day these… read more
Posted in Art, Family, live entertainment, Music, Outreach, Theatre

Tom and Bunny Save The World  –  A review by Lissy Mapes Graham

On Tuesday 8th May 2018 I went to The Corn Hall in Diss to see ‘Tom and Bunny Save The World’, a must see show from the Fat Rascal Theatre. To start off, the songs… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Family, Theatre

Mary Poppins flies into the Corn Hall this Wednesday

Mary Poppins Returns Fans of the original Mary Poppins who approach this belated sequel with some trepidation need not worry. The film has been created with them in mind as much as a family audience… read more
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A Right Royal Draw-Along with Nick Sharratt, The Cat and The King, Timothy Pope and Tracy Beaker

Yesterday I went to watch Nick Sharratt do an entertaining 'drawalong' show at the corn hall. It was an amazing show and I’m very glad I got the opportunity to watch it. He came out… read more
Posted in Family, Review

We are Persimmon Community Champions!

Persimmon Community Champions Award Being presented with the Persimmon Community Award for November 2018 will help the Corn Hall  Arts and Heritage team to continue to run activities at low or no cost to our outreach groups including young children,… read more
Posted in Art, Arts Award, Dementia Friendly, Exhibitions, Family, Staff

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

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

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

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

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
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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
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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

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

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

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
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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

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
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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

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

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