‘Beams, boxes, zig-zags and L blocks drop relentlessly down a narrow passage. You quickly spin, shift and align the shapes. It’s challenging and the pace is demanding. But satisfaction comes as each block slots in place. Tetris is amazing, see if you have what it takes to find out just how amazing it is.’
Several Amazing Things About Tetris (1984) is a short performance piece about the video game Tetris, obsession and some amazing things. The piece is a one man show in which I attempt to tell the audience about my favourite video game of all time, Tetris. The show however only lasts as long 1 person can play a game of Tetris for, so as soon as that person gets a game over, the show ends at whatever point I reached in my performance. The show uses a mix of live music, video games, projection and live feeds that all combine to attempt to tell a fraction of the amazing things that litter the history of Tetris.
The show has been performed in the past as a performance lecture, a one on one encounter and a larger scale performance piece.
‘A brilliant concept, fascinating factoids learnt
and a charming performer and I’m sure I also got the highest score of the day. From Russia With Fun!’ - http://www.sci-fi-london.com/news/games/2011/11/sfl-gamecity-festival
‘Performance Artist Patrick Ashe presented a piece titled Several Amazing Things About Tetris (1984). It was about Tetris and it was brilliant.’ – Gamecity folks
Hide & Seek Weekender Party, London – 15th September 2012
Bit Of Alright, London – 3rd February 2012
Gamecity 6 Festival, Nottingham – 26th – 28th October 2011
Supper Club @ The Basement, Brighton -26th February 2011
Forest Fringe, Edinburgh – 21st August 2010
We Want Your Dog @ Tower Arts Centre – 5th November 2009