Angel from Jigsaw Balham shares her Jigsaw Journey!
- Published Date: May 10, 2023
Another inspiring Jigsaw Journey, shared by Angel from Jigsaw Balham.
We spoke with Angel, an ex-student now Jigsaw assistant teacher, to hear about her inspiring Jigsaw journey.
“Being a student at Jigsaw from the age of 3 really encouraged my love for Performing Arts and helped me grow in confidence from a young age. My time at Jigsaw Arts introduced me to so many friends who I still have today. Jigsaw to me always felt like such a comforting space where I could really be myself and that made me never want to leave!
I loved all the shows I did with Jigsaw Balham! I especially loved taking part in the Jigsaw Arts Summer School. I have such vivid memories of those Summer School shows, which included Shrek, The lion king and Hairspray.
The Saturday School show that will definitely stick with me was ‘Finding Neverland’ in 2018, as It was one of the last shows I did with Jigsaw along with so many friends that I’d made over the years.
Now working as a Performing Arts Assistant every Saturday at Jigsaw Balham, I get to see young people be inspired the same way I was for so many years. It is a joy to help give that gift to them as they learn to express themselves and grow in confidence through the arts.
This March, my School’s Sixth-form Theatre society put on the show ‘Footloose’. It was a production led entirely by us students! From choreography, to set design; every department was run by a member of the Sixth-form. We rehearsed from October to March, 3 days a week after school and during half term we spent 3 full days ironing things out and rehearsing with the band, sound and lighting. It was Directed by Paddy, a friend of mine and former Jigsaw student. I played Vi, the Reverend’s wife, and Ariel’s mother, and it was so much fun.
This year, once I finish Sixth-form, I think I will be moving on to university where I wish to study Politics and Anthropology. However, I am considering taking a gap year as I’m still not 100% sure what I want to do after university, but whatever that may be, I know that the skills I’ve gained from my time at Jigsaw will help me through.”