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Preparing your child to return to school

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown has been an unprecedented situation. We don’t yet know the full impact this has had on the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people. It has been challenging for us all in different ways and for some it has been traumatic. Sadly, some of our children […]

A hairbrush in hand….pretending to be a superstar… Meet Megan!

Megan is the new owner of Jigsaw Performing Arts School in Ilford. She is buzzing with energy and excitement and ready to bring lots of fun to the performing arts classes in Ilford on Saturday afternoons. We wanted to find out what sparked her interest in performing arts and her journey so far….   “I […]

Running a performing arts school in a challenging time!

The last six months have been a challenging time for many businesses and Jigsaw Performing Arts School was also one of them. We had to close our doors before the end of the Spring term and lots of shows that the children had been working towards didn’t go ahead. It was very disappointing. We never […]

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 […]

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,” what do these theatre phrases mean and where do they come 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 this list is not intended to be comprehensive, […]

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 […]