Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot is a 60-minute intermedial show combining screen and song in performance which has a very musical question at its heart: ‘can a whole show be like a song?’ Ostensibly a concert presentation, its covert intermedial complexities emerged in ‘a unique piece of theatre […] a performance that knows it’s a performance’ (Sullivan 2016).
The show’s development was characterized by a distinct provisionality based in a dialogue between plasticity of structure in the writing, and plasticity of form in the making. Axial thinking (Eno 1996) helped manipulate the variables at play in critical moments of the performance. Creative discoveries were identified as ‘within domain’ (Katz and Gardner in Hargreaves, Miell & MacDonald 2012: 110) firmly locating the show as a project of Composed Theatre. In a highly musicalized creative process many elements were allowed to emerge rather than being predetermined, and this revealed a range of principles of interest to makers of intermedial performance.