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Sprowston Boy is a winner

In the mid 80s, salesman Geoff Whiting and coal merchant Kenny Blanch bought a racehorse and named it after the road they both grew up on. The horse went on to romp home ahead of… read more
Posted in Theatre

Tim Holt-Wilson discusses the elephant in the room

Despite an early start for Tim Holt-Wilson's fascinating lecture, the Corn Hall attracted a healthy audience in search of the Lost Beasts of Norfolk and Suffolk. His walk-through of the region’s pre-history was the opening… read more
Posted in Uncategorised

Black is the Color of my Voice plays to a full house

Apphia Campbell’s award-winning show has been performed in London, New York, Shanghai and Edinburgh but, finally, it has found its way to Diss. I’ve seen many shows at the Corn Hall that warranted a full… read more
Posted in Music, Theatre

The Courier is a Ripping Yarn - but is so much more as well

We are so used to seeing Benedict Cumberbatch play dysfunctional geniuses that it’s a little disorientating to discover he’s more than capable of playing a man distinguished by his ordinariness. Greville Wynne, a salesman with… read more
Posted in Film, Review

First Cow is a triumph of gentle story telling

Based on screenwriter Jonathan Raymond’s novel, director Kelly Reichardt film is not a story that gets told in a hurry. As much a collage of scenes as a narrative, it is shot with simplicity and… read more
Posted in Film

1917 is a thrilling, spell-binding triumph

Much has been made of the technical brilliance of Sam Mendes’s 1917. This is a film that takes place in real time, with the camera seemingly following soldiers Schofield and Blake in a single unbroken… read more
Posted in Film

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

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie give powerful performances as the rivals in next week's Wednesday film

Mary Queen of Scots The rivalry between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I has been repeatedly dramatized and documented, but most often from the perspective of the English monarch and the furore surrounding the… read more
Posted in Film, Review

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

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