Ingenious Fools presents: Eugene

TED talk meets The Terminator in a dystopian sci-fi comedy show about humanity vs machine

Written and Performed by Daniel Nicholas | Directed by Emily Howlett

National tour, 7 April–21 May

Press welcome at all performances

“A sharp, obtuse wit… Someone as inventive as this should have a future in comedy.” Chortle

★★★★ “A completely unique experience” – The Reviews Hub

@HubrisIndustries | #EugeneLaunch |

Following an Autumn tour in 2021, writer and performer Daniel Nicholas ’Eugene returns for a national tour this Spring. In the not too distant future, millionaire, inventor and narcissistic tech giant ‘Hugh’ from Hu-Bris industries is launching the first superhuman A. I. computer at a press conference. A comedy sci-fi show where Eugene speaks to the audience via an on stage screen and via their smart phones, posing the ultimate question of what happens when we give technology power to solve our global problems. Every show is BSL interpreted and provides integrated captioning via The Difference Engine, delivering part of the story through the audience’s smart device and meaning that every performance is accessible to deaf/hard of hearing people. Eugene was selected by the Pleasance and York Theatre Royal for the National Partnerships Scheme for Yorkshire and awarded a place in the Pleasance Programme 2021. The scheme identifies and supports exceptional artists and companies to recognise the extraordinary work being created outside London.

Dan Nicholas said,“I’m excited to be bringing Eugene on an Arts Council England funded national tour thisSpring and to have every show BSL interpreted as well as having integrated captions throughout, offering more people the opportunity to see it. I think this show really resonates with what’s going on in our world at the minute in terms of climate change and Silicon Valley companies – as well as being a fun experience. “Daniel was shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, won best Improv show with Conversation Garden and received multiple award nominations at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2015-18. He has performed successful stand up game shows in Edinburgh for the last three years along with launching stunts such as the Bandai Edinburgh Fringe Tamagotchi Challenge 2019.

Eugene under went a research and development period in 2019 with support from Attenborough Arts Centre, In Good Company, Barnsley Civic, Theatre in the Mill and Sun glow’s The HUB, with dramaturgy support from Fringe First award winner Dick Bonham, Uncanny Theatre’s Natalie Bellingham, La Pelle’s Factory’s Ollie Smith, award-winning comedian Tom Taylor and Deaf actress/practitioner Emily Howlett. Running Time:60 minutes no interval

Suitable for ages 16+


Directed by Emily Howlett
Written by Daniel Nicholas
Set design by Hannah Sibai
Video design by Matt Rogers
Sound design by James Rotchell
Cast Daniel Nicholas