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Spotlight on Rachel- Harlow and Broxbourne manager

Rachel is busy at Jigsaw Harlow running a Summer school at Passmores Academy this week.  We caught up with her to find out what she has planned! Who is the summer school for? We have half day classes for 3-5 year olds and full day sessions for 5-16 year olds. Our classes are suitable for […]

Spotlight on Balham school manager, Emily

Welcome to the Jigsaw franchise network Emily.   Emily has been a teacher and manager at Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools for just over 6 years and leads the singing teacher induction days. Emily had just taken ownership of the school when lockdown hit, not exactly what she was expecting at the beginning of her franchise journey. […]

What to do in school summer holidays in 2020?

More than ever our children need something to do this summer.  With so many weeks off school and a lack of structure and routine, the long summer holiday will not be as longed for.   With a limit on foreign travel too and the British holiday destinations looking like they might be overcrowded, having a stay-cation […]

Time to reflect on 25 years at Jigsaw!

By Founder and Company Director Nicola Lander I am delighted to share with you that this month Jigsaw is 25 years old. However, this is not what we were expecting in our 25th year.  The curtains are closed.  Studios are shut.  Pianos on pause.  For the first time ever, there are no Jigsaw Performing Arts […]

Shakespeare in the sun! Britain’s best outdoor theatres

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Theatre Phrases Everyone Should Know

From “break a leg” to “strike,” here’s what they mean and where they came from. The theatre truly has its own vocabulary. We have put together this list of crucial terms to help you better navigate the world of the stage and theatre history. While the list is not intended to be comprehensive, it will give […]

Best classic musicals to introduce children to

When you need a break from the usual rotation of animated family favourites, try introducing your children to some classic musicals! What’s great about these classic musicals is that, unlike many other classic films, they can be broad, funny, colourful and fast-paced enough to hold younger ones’ attentions. Even if they don’t sit still for […]

Films we’d like to see turned into musicals

In the last few decades there has been a huge boom in films turned into stage musicals, and for good reason. They can be prove hugely successful, whether they’re classic films, Disney favourites like The Lion King, Aladdin or Frozen, nostalgic throwbacks like Back to the Future or even more obscure independent films like Kinky […]

Isolation Resources for Parents and Children at Home

Schools across the UK are closed and many parents are now working from home. The official advice is to avoid leaving the house unnecessarily, but how to keep your children active and engaged with learning and the world around them? Most schools will be setting work to be completed from home. Jigsaw parents will soon […]

Jigsaw is a Club Hub Award Finalist!

The Club Hub award finalists for 2020 were announced on the 2nd March and we are proud to share that Jigsaw is nominated for ‘Digital Business of the Year’! This award, sponsored by Dorset Tech, recognises “someone who has shown they have the knowledge of anything digital (social media, websites, apps) to improve their business.” […]

What Can Parents Do About Internet Safety?

The 11th February 2020 is Safer Internet Day. The internet can be a great tool. For us at Jigsaw, it can be a great way of hearing about new shows, finding lyrics to sing along to our favourite songs, and keeping up with or sharing the great things Jigsaw students (and former students!) are up […]

Our Favourite Musicals of the Last 25 Years

Jigsaw is 25 years old this year! To celebrate, here are our picks for our favourite new musicals since 1995 (sorry Les Mis)!  As much as we love clever revivals of the classics and long-running blockbuster shows, there’s been a wave of great new musicals in the last two and a half decades…   Our […]