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, has just been nominated for the Most Innovative Work at the 2018 NZ Fringe. It won the L'Apres Fringe Award at the 2017 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival as well as receiving a nomination for the prestigious Best English Production Award at the same festival. It has also won the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Writer award and received critical acclaim at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe and the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival. Recent appearances also include the 2017 Brisbane Poetry Festival, 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.

"Inspirational, mesmerizing, profound, relatable, absolutely fantastic – those are few of the countless ways to describe Telia Nevile’s outstanding spoken word performance in Poet vs Pageant." Montreal Theatre Hub

"Dazzlingly written, dynamically delivered" Montreal Gazette

"It’s not often that you see a 45-minute show spoken in poetic cadence that holds your attention for that period. However, Melbourne, Australia’s Telia Nevile manages to pull it off in a style not seen often since Homer or Shakespeare." Westmount Mag

"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

Nominee - Most Innovative Work, 2018 Wellington Fringe

Winner - L'Apres Fringe Award, 2017 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival

Nominee - Best English Production, 2017 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival

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