Performance Bio

Telia Nevile is a writer, performer and photographer who loves long-form language, dance movies and play lists that shift from Jay Z to Megadeth and back again. A cult favourite of Melbourne's alternative comedy and art scene, Nevile is known for her beautifully-written, slyly-subversive pieces that rage against the machine and champion the outsider.

Her latest solo show, Poet Vs Pageant, won the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Writer award, received critical acclaim at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe and the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, and will next be performed at St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival 2017. Recent appearances also include the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the 2016 Melbourne Emerging Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2015 Neon Season, the 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival and the 2014 Indianapolis Fringe.

If you’d like to find out more about her inner workings, her ode to 1980s teen movie director John Hughes is published in the Women of Letters compendium ‘Between Us’, out now through Penguin Books.

"An unmissable treat" The Age

"Four and a half stars. Nevile is a rare talent" Adelaide Theatre Guide

"Four stars. Fiendishly clever" Great Scott Media

"Sharp-witted and sparkling, Poet Vs Pageant is absolutely delightful and definitely not to be missed" Radio Adelaide

“A writer and actor who is a master of both crafts” Indianapolis Examiner

Expect quick wit and remarkable modern poetry” The Indianapolis Monthly

“Five stars. Forty of the cleverest, funniest minutes you’re likely to experience” Adelaide Theatre Guide

It’s a tongue-in-cheek, lump-in-throat affair… Poet Laureate Telia Nevile is one of the more sophisticated and imaginative comedians working” Things Half-Known

Winner - Best Emerging Writer, 2015 Melbourne Fringe

Nominee - Best Newcomer, 2010 MICF

Nominee - Golden Gibbo (Best Independent Production), 2010 MICF

Winner - Best Comedy, 2008 Short & Sweet

Co-Winner - Outstanding Special Event, 2006 Melbourne Fringe