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A little lez conversation...

DIVA VISITS THE BEDFORD IN SOUTH LONDON TO GET THE BACKSTAGE GOSSIP FROM A VERY EXCITING NEW CHAT SHOW PRESENTED BY HEATHER PEACE
PHOTOS JONATHAN PHANG.

There’s been a lot going on at DIVA HQ recently. We’ve been busy planning and plotting, and on Lesbian Day of Visibility (26 April), launched DIVA Box Ofice, the irst digital channel in Europe dedicated to queer female content.

Exciting stuff, right? But why this? And why now? Jacquie Lawrence, creative director at DIVA and one of the brains behind DBO, says: “For too long we’ve been starved of queer female content and DIVA Box Ofice is here to feed the hunger for lesbian and bisexual female fare.”

One of the irst shows designed to whet your appetite is Heather Peace At The Bedford, a two-part entertainment special and the UK’s irst lesbian chat show.

And this is just the start. “Going forward, we aim to commission, coproduce and acquire content that we know is out there,” Jacquie says excitedly. “On the web, in ilm festivals and in women’s imaginations.”

DIVA editor Carrie Lyell and staff writer Danielle Mustarde went down to the set to meet the cast and crew of this exciting new project to ind out more.

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET

It’s just after four o’clock when we arrive at The Bedford. This iconic venue, which has played home to the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, is a short walk from Balham station, and entering the main bar, we ask the way to the “lesbian chat show”. Do the gents enjoying a quiet Monday evening pint know what’s taking place next door, we wonder?

The grand Club Room is a hive of activity when we walk in. Director Frances Dickenson and producer Caz Gorham are busy upstairs, while loor manager Jo Hudd looks as if she’s conducting an orchestra as various pieces of equipment are moved into position. Trying not to get in anyone’s way, we head to the green room, where Heather is busy rehearsing with one of tonight’s guest, Lots Holloway, who’ll be performing a one-off duo with our host, as well as playing a stripped back version of her single, Be Naked.

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