Poet Vs Pageant


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

Miss Congeniality meets Roald Dahl in this rollicking adventure full of blood, sweat and tans.

What will happen when an awkward outsider dives head first into the perilous seas of a beauty pageant? Be transported by a tale about outer change and its inner cost, told in epic poetic style. With added sequins.

In the prime of Ancient Greece there was Homer’s 'Odyssey', in the swell of the Regency age there was Lord Byron’s 'Don Juan', and now, amidst the up-chuck of the reality-TV era, comes 'Poet Vs Pageant' - a must-see show for lovers of emotional, intelligent, tongue-in-cheek performance.

"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. I was holding my breath" Glam Adelaide

"Four stars. Satiric wit and humorous undertow" The Clothesline

"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

Performed at:

2017 St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival

2017 Castlemaine State Festival

2016 Adelaide Fringe

2015 Melbourne Fringe

Huge thanks to the best support crew a poet could hope for - Mark Pritchard, John Kachoyan, Perri Cummings, Matt Kelly, Andrew Callaghan, Cameron Powell and Sharon Nevile.