We’ve counted up over 100 individuals that made SMOOSH! the glorious success we hoped it would be. It’s been almost impossible to name each and everyone one of the creatives, musicians, dancers, partners, freelancers, contractors, and volunteers who have loaned their time and talents to this magnificent spectacle, one that has been 12 months in the making, but here goes:

Thank you to our presenting partners Bristol Beacon and Filwood Community Centre and to SMOOSH! funders The Linbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the Department for Culture Media and Sport Culture Recovery Fund.

Creative Team

Emma Jean Thackray Composer
Charles Hazlewood Director
Tom Jackson Greaves Choreographer
Beth Hinton-Lever Choreographer

A crowd of people, musicians, a white male plays sousaphone
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A white femail with a physical impairment on her left arm dances and smiles
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A white male plays a large drum amongst a marching band on a street.
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A marching band carry a hand painted banner that reads 'We could have had it all, rolling in the, you had my heart inside of your hands, and you played it to the beat'
SMOOSH! c Rose Morelli
A white female dancer swings her hair in front of a band playing drums and sousaphone
SMOOSH! c Rose Morelli
A black male plays a large drum, arm raised, he is smiling
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
Lit by the sun from behind a white female dancer stands amongst musicians. Street setting.
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A white male in a bright shirt dnaces on the street in front of musicians. He is smiling.
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A white male wheelchair user plays drums mounted on his wheelchair. Behind him a marching band.
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A band playing on the street. A white male plays clarinet.
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A black male dancer amongst a band on a street. Musicians play drums, sousaphone and saxophone
SMOOSH! c Paul Blakemore
A band marches through a street amongst a crowd Musicians play sousaphones, trombones, saxophones and drums
SMOOSH! C Paul Blakemore


Jonny Abraham Trumpet
Philip Alexander Dancer
Charlotte Bartley Clarinet – Bflat
Liza Bec Sopranino recorder
Lila Bhattacherjee Piccolo
Dominic Biddle Artist Assistant
Sarah Campbell Trumpet
Jason Chowdhury Percussion
KJ Clarke Davis Dancer
Lloyd Coleman Clarinet – Eflat
James Crook Percussion
Theresa Evans Clarinet
María García González Saxophone – alto
Jackie Gibb Sousaphone
Fliss Gorst Saxophone – alto
Jacqui Greenwood Saxophone – alto & clarinet
Beth Higham-Edwards Percussion
James Hobbis Sousaphone
Hatty Hughes Saxophone – soprano
Tom Hutchison Trombone
Lara-Marie Insull Saxophone – alto
Hilary Irvine Clarinet – Bflat
Peter John Clarinet
Edd Leech Sousaphone
Shane Littler Saxophone – alto
Amanda Love Trumpet
Vic Love Sousaphone
Nell Martin Dancer
Melanie Merricks Piccolo
John Norval Saxophone – tenor
Jamie Pimenta Trombone
Kathleen Reeves Recorder
Joe Richards Percussion
Sophia Richards Flute
Harriet Riley Percussion
James Ritchie Saxophone – alto
Jon Rolfe Saxophone – soprano & baritone
Eli Roy Trumpet
Manu Roy Sax
Sarah Scutt Saxophone – soprano
Elaine So Percussion
George Sleightholme Clarinet – Bass
Sarah Tauwhare Piccolo
Alphonse Touna Percussion
Lucy Thorburn Dancer
Tom Thorp Saxophone – Baritone
Oliver Vibrans Percussion
Andy White Trombone
Imogen Whitehead Trumpet
Jason Yarde Saxophone – Tenor
Billy Yates Trombone
Johanna Ziegler Sousaphone

Thanks to the dancers, their families, and staff from New Fosseway School

Paraorchestra Team

Nicci Bailey Company Coordinator
Lloyd Coleman Associate Music Director
Helen Edwards Producer
Laura Evans Head of Communications
Jonathan Harper Chief Executive
Charles Hazlewood Artistic Director
Hannah Williams Walton Executive Producer
Tom Wraith Orchestra Manager

With additional support from:

Production and Events Team

Carrie Britton Production Assistant
Gemma Brooks Production Manager
Jon Fox Tech/Event Support
Tim Garbutt Event Manager
Sam Gruskin Covid Supervisor
Will Hunter Engagement Producer
Bryony Rutter Head Stage Manager
Emily Walpole Stage Manager
Joanna Woodcock Stage Manager

Marketing, Communications and Fundraising

Lucy Brooks Freelance Marketing and Graphic Design
Catherine Frankpitt PR Consultant
Lauren Scholey Fundraising Consultant
Tony Stiles Graphic Design
Charlie Watts Marketing Community Liaison

Film and Audio

Paul Blakemore Photography
Bristol Drones Aerial photography
Simon Honywill Sound engineer / editor
Rod Maclachlan Camera operator
John Minton Camera operator / filmmaker
Jack Offord Camera operator / filmmaker
James Turner Sound engineer

With huge thanks to our presenting partners Bristol Beacon and Filwood Community Centre, in particular:

Connie Badley  Community Engagement Officer (Bristol Beacon)
Andy Boreham  Head of Marketing (Bristol Beacon)
Phil Castang  Bristol Beacon (Director of Creative Learning and Engagement)
Makala Cheung  Creative Director (Filwood Community Centre)
Claudia Collins  Creative Engagement (Filwood Community Centre) and SMOOSH! chalk artist
Suzie Davison  Friends of Filwood Officer (Filwood Community Centre)
June McNeill  Centre Manager (Filwood Community Centre)
Beth Napier  Marketing Manager (Bristol Beacon)
Julia Roderick  Community Engagement Manager (Bristol Beacon)
Todd Wills  Artistic Director (Bristol Beacon)

Flamingo Chicks

Sophie Cottle Dance Teacher (Flamingo Chicks)
Bethan Guest Volunteer Coordinator (Flamingo Chicks)
Vicky Heales Assistant Head of Dance (Flamingo Chicks)
Rhiannon Kearns Project Manager (Flamingo Chicks)
Samantha McCormick Head of Dance (Flamingo Chicks)
Sarah Stone Dance Teacher (Flamingo Chicks)

And all of the Flamingo Chicks volunteers

With special thanks to:

Polly Barker  Production consultancy during the R&D stages of the project
Bristol City Council  Site Permission Team and Members of SAGE group
Phil Gentles & his team  TBF Traffic
Tom Wright & his team  Armasec Security
Zed in the Clouds  Banner design and production

To everyone else who sang along, tapped their feet, or waved a flag, to anyone we may have regretfully missed, and to the people of Knowle West, Bristol.