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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
Posted in Family, Theatre

Hollie McNish signals the triumphant return of Luke Wright's Poetry evenings

Luke Wright’s poetry evening at the Corn Hall returned with a genuine star turn, as Hollie McNish read from her latest collection. As ever, though, Wright kicked things off with work of his own, and… read more
Posted in Theatre

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
Posted in Family, Theatre

The Corn Hall reopens with a celebration of protest and song

Presented as part of the of  N&N festival, The People’s Cabaret is a work in progress, with this premier intended as seed corn from which a bigger, bolder event will emerge through community involvement. We… read more
Posted in Music, Theatre

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
Posted in Family, Film, Theatre

Don’t wait for the world to change - ACT NOW!

The Corn Hall is responding creatively to the Covid-19 pandemic with an exciting new arts program for young adults, funded by Arts Council England and The Norfolk and Norwich Festival Creative Individuals fund. ACT [email protected]read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

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

THE REMAINS OF LOGAN DANKWORTH Completes Luke Wright's stunning trilogy

It was perhaps inevitable that in the third of Luke Wright’s trilogy of political monologues he would come bang up to date with an examination of Brexit. In previous outings, in the company of Johnny… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre, Word

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
Posted in Family, Theatre

Dom Joly shares his holiday snaps with Diss

From the outset, Dom Joly made it clear there were to be no squirrel costumes or giant phones for the evening’s performance. What we got instead was a fascinating and insightful talk on some of… read more
Posted in Comedy, Theatre, Word

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

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

Present Laughter – Andrew Scott's brilliant performance in the National Theatre's Production makes Noel Coward's play sparkle

Noel Coward’s furiously funny farce is given a new lease of life in this frenzied production at the Old Vic. Largely a vehicle for Andrew Scott’s brilliant incarnation of preening thesp Garry Essendine, the play… read more
Posted in Screening, Theatre

The Pantaloons Master one of Shakespeare's Greatest Tragedies

The members of the Pantaloons Theatre Company pride themselves on accessible interpretations of classic theatre, from Homer to Shakespeare to Dickens, unlocking the playfulness and good humour from the most sober of texts. Othello must… read more
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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

In Loyal Company - a masterpiece of war storytelling

In Loyal Company - coming to the Corn Hall on Friday 13th September - is based on the incredible true story of Arthur Robinson’s experiences as a Prisoner of War during World War II. This… read more
Posted in Theatre

Roughcast's rumbustious romp of A Midsummer Night's Dream features a scene-stealing, marvellously exuberant Bottom

A Midsummer Night’s Dream RoughCast Theatre Company has never been afraid to take on challenging writing, tackling everything from Ibsen to Orton, and in their latest production they take on that most formidable of oxymorons,… read more
Posted in live entertainment, Review, 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

Old Herbaceous - a night at the theatre that was a delight from beginning to end

Old Herbacious - Kick in the Head productions Alfred Shaughnessy’s sensitive adaption of Reginald Arkell’s novel is a delight from beginning to end, cleverly distilling not just the narrative, but also the spirit of Arkell’s… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

Thomas Paine play was sometimes melancholy, frequently moving, and ultimately life affirming.

Thomas Paine’s To Begin the World Over Again Thomas Paine only worked in Diss for a year, but we still make a claim on him, so it was pleasing that the playwright and performer, Ian… read more
Posted in Heritage, Review, Theatre

David Vass talks to Ian Ruskin about his play Thomas Paine's To Begin the World Over - performed at the Corn Hall on Thursday 9 May

David Vass talks to Ian Ruskin about his play Thomas Paine's The Begin the World Over which will be performed at the Corn Hall on Thursday 9 May Ian Ruskin has acted all his life,… read more
Posted in Theatre

Gillian Anderson and Lily James - superb in the National Theatre live screening of All About Eve

This adaption of a 1950s movie films its actors while they perform live, projecting them onto a screen, while yet more the actors perform live on stage - all of which has then been filmed… read more
Posted in Review, Screening, Theatre

The Pantaloons inventive reworking of The Odyssey is a triumph!

The Pantaloons are no strangers to the inventive re-working of classic texts, but this must be their most ambitious attempt to date. Slimming down Homer’s epic Greek poem into two hours of knockabout fun is… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Review, Theatre

Super Happy Story - genuinely good theatre with real emotional impact

A Super Happy Story (about feeling super sad)  A musical about depression and self-harm is not an easy sell. It takes imagination to write, empathy to perform, and courage to programme. Silent Uproar’s collaboration with… read more
Posted in Review, Theatre

'Tom and Bunny Save the World' Review by Roisin

'Tom and Bunny Save the World' Review by Roisin On Tuesday 8th May, as part of my Silver Arts Award I saw 'Tom and Bunny Save the World' at Diss Corn Hall. It is a… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

'Tom and Bunny Save the World' Review - By Malachy

'Tom and Bunny Save the World' Review By Malachy As part of my Silver Arts Award on 8th May 2018 I saw 'Tom and Bunny Save the World' at the Corn Hall in Diss. 'Tom… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

TOM and BUNNY SAVE the WORLD. A review by Elvis

TOM and BUNNY SAVE the WORLD. A review by Elvis   Fat Rascal Theatre have created two very successful shows, Beauty and the Beast, a musical parody, and BUZZ a new musical; but their work… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

TOM & BUNNY SAVE THE WORLD Review

TOM & BUNNY SAVE THE WORLD Review by Isabella St.John-Clarke Recently I have seen a new musical: Tom and Bunny Save The World at the Corn Hall. It is a comedy; it is original with… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

TOM AND BUNNY SAVE THE WORLD THE MUSICAL!

TOM AND BUNNY SAVE THE WORLD THE MUSICAL! ***** (5 /5 stars!) by Naomi Ely   On Tuesday 8th May I went to see the spectacular new musical, Tom and Bunny Save The World! From… read more
Posted in Arts Award, Theatre

In an age of zero hour contracts and offshore sweatshops, Townsend productions provide a timely reminder of how effectively historical drama can resonate with the issues of today.

Rouse Ye Women – Townsend Productions Thursday 14th February Townsend Productions have been edging ever closer to contemporary issues over the last few years, with their last show - an examination of the Grunwick strike… read more
Posted in Theatre

NT's Antony & Cleopatra next Thursday is packed with enough intrigue to fill a mini-series

Simon Godwin’s production of Antony & Cleopatra for the National Theatre may be in modern dress, but it is otherwise a surprisingly mainstream and coherent retelling of Shakespeare’s complex, episodic tale of his other star-crossed… read more
Posted in Screening, Theatre

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

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

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
Posted in Family, Review, Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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