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Memory Palace (I'm Still Here) 

Memory palace is a powerful new work that fuses text,  live music and innovative video projection to tell the story of one family’s journey of living with dementia whilst exploring the role that music plays in helping us to remember and connect with each other.

Inspired by stories and music from members of the Wakefield dementia community, this production is proud to be funded by Wakefield Council as part of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024 and Arts Council England.

As a company, we are proud to be raising awareness of the benefits of engaging with music and singing to those living with dementia, as such we feel it is important to make this a FREE event.

Performances will take place at Tileyard North, Wakefield:

Thursday 30th May @ 12.30pm, 15.30pm & 19.30pm

Friday 31st May @ 12.30pm, 15.30pm & 19.30pm

Saturday 01st  June @ 12.30pm, 15.30pm & 19.30pm

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A visual representation of our creative process


The Unlikely Salvation of Xander Gibley


What we do........

Actual Size Theatre create thought-provoking, intimate and engaging music based theatre projects which examine all facets of the human experience. At the heart of our work is the interplay between music and performance, drawing on traditional and contemporary performance methods to provide exciting live experiences.

Meet the team

Paul studied acting at Bretton Hall. Professional performance credits include understudying and playing the role of Jéan Valjéan in ‘Les Misérables’ both West End and National Tour, James in the 2000 film adaptation of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and Michael in the BAFTA award winning TV drama ‘Cops’. Paul has also had a number of supportive parts in Emmerdale and Heartbeat. Paul performed in the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert at the O2 arena and also provided vocals on the 2012 film version of the show. He has performed in Les Misérables’ & Miss Saigon concerts in Paris, Taiwan and London and continues to reprise his performance of Jéan Valjéan in various concerts. Paul recently played the Factory foreman in a concert version of Les Misérables in Guernsey. Paul has performed as a guest vocalist with the UK’s most successful musical theatre review show ‘Beyond the Barricades’. As a composer he has collaborated with Lone Twin Theatre on the Catastrophe Trilogy at the Barbican, London, was commissioned by the NHS to write a children’s Musical (DR.TV) with award winning ‘allthingsconsidered’ and contributed to the globally successful show ‘The Carnival Messiah’ which premiered at The West Yorkshire Playhouse and has been performed as far afield as Trinidad. In 2014 ‘De Profundis’ won the inaugural ‘New Musical Theatre Project’ at Leicester Square Theatre in 2014 beating over a hundred other entries. Paul has collaborated with ‘Invisible Man’ numerous times on various site-specific theatre concepts and theatre productions including ‘How to be Lucky’ performed at York Theatre Royal and Stephen Joseph’s in Scarborough and ’The Birds Keep Flying’ commissioned by Gateshead Council. Paul’s most recent compositional work is a short family-oriented musical based on the folklore tale ‘Selkie’ commissioned by Wakefield Council performed as part of the Earth festival 2021. Paul has an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from LIPA and has held a number of lecturing posts within FE & HE institutions with 20 years of experience. Paul has run masterclasses in musical theatre practice for and on behalf of Cameron Macintosh plc. Paul is currently programme leader for HND Musical Theatre & BA (Hons) Performance Industries Top-Up at UCW, Mechanics Performing Arts.

Paul Dale-Vickers

Artistic & Musical Director


Sam - studied at Cumbria Institute of the Arts majoring in Acting, Writing, Directing and Art. Sam worked as an Actress for a number of years before she became a Tutor of Acting. She has held several lecturing and managerial roles in Further Education including Harrogate, York & Leeds City College and now at The Mechanics in Wakefield where she is programme leader for the HND In Acting. Sam still works as a performer and is heavily involved in the Leeds art scene devising and performing in numerous installations with York based theatre company ‘Invisible Man. Sam is now the resident dramatic director for ‘Actual Size’ and also performs with the company, playing the role of ‘Mother’ in our original show ‘The Little Angel’. Sam will also be co-directing and performing in our next production ‘Peg & Law’

Samantha Beswick

Dramatic Director

& Performer

David Coggins

Writer & Dramaturg

Dave is a writer, director and creative practitioner who has been making theatre and film for over twenty years. He has written extensively for children and young people. Recent musical collaborations with Actual Size theatre include Selkie: A Sea Dream (Wakefield Festival) and Dr TV and the Television Zombies (collaboration with All Things Considered Theatre). Other work includes 'The Amazing Gifts of Dr and Mrs Chadwick' for The Chadwick's Trust (Victoria Hall, Bolton), 'Waiting Room' (Buxton Festival Best Production Winner, Manchester Theatre Award nominee) 'Meet Me On The Rows' (Chester Civic Heritage Trust), 'Voices From The Past' (Manchester Cathedral Commission),  'A Sense of Falling' (All Things Considered Theatre).  As a performer he has worked across film, television and theatre in all manner of contexts and situations from established national venues to Peak District quarries. He is a passionate advocate for the teaching of Drama and performing arts in education, working with young people from primary to degree level."

Tom graduated Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 with a degree in Performance for Page, Stage and Screen. Since graduating, he has worked with several Theatre companies across the district as both an Actor and Director and producer, including Theatre Royal Wakefield’s ‘In on the Act’ and most recently as a Acting tutor with Theatre Royal Wakefield’s ‘Performance Academy’. Tom also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and currently runs the Level 3 and Level 2 Programme within Acting at Mechanics Performing's Arts (Wakefield College). Tom also played the role of John Proctor in a production of ‘The Crucible’ at Wakefield Theatre Royal. Tom will be leading the new acting initiative ‘Actual Acting’ for and on behalf of Actual Size Theatre Company.


Tom Windle Producer,

performer & workshop leader

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