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Untitled No. 7 – Written & Performed by Telia Nevile

Nominee – Best Performance – 2018 Melbourne Fringe

Nominee – Best Writing (Cabaret) – 2019 Green Room Awards

“Four stars (Ns). An honest antidote to fairy tale endings and simplistic life lessons” NOW Magazine

“A fractured fairy tale so fierce and fabulous that you might actually start believing in yourself” Sometimes Melbourne

“A beautifully empathic performer and an effervescent burst of joy… This really is a performance from someone at the top of their game. If you have ever experienced self-doubt and crippling indecision or thought that maybe, just maybe, you aren’t where your 8-year-old self thought you would be, then this is the show for you.” Arts Review

“Four stars. Featuring a musical rebuttal of all Walt Disney’s promise, accomplished spoken-word interludes, and wry segues into interpretive dance, this show cuts between fable and modern-day social observation without apologising. Nevile’s opening night earned a standing ovation.” The Age

“It’s heartfelt and heartbreaking. The present that Untitled No. 7 gives the audience is that we can be happy, even if we’re not on the path to where we thought we would be.” Keith Gow

“As the story continues and you feel like you know exactly where it’s going, Nevile flips it on its head and turns this fairy tale into an extremely personal story that instantly strikes a chord with everyone in the room. It is a powerful moment for all present.” My Melbourne Arts

“It’s a fast-paced fairy tale, and it’s also many of our lives. And it’s good. Very good. We laughed, we learned, we wanted more.” Steve Smart


Poet Vs Pageant – Written & Performed by Telia Nevile

Nominee – Most Innovative Work – 2018 NZ Fringe

Winner – L’Apres Fringe Award – 2017 Montreal Fringe

Nominee – Best English Production – 2017 Montreal Fringe

Winner – Best Emerging Writer – 2015 Melbourne Fringe

“Inspirational, mesmerizing, profound, relatable, absolutely fantastic – those are a few of the countless ways to describe Telia Nevile’s outstanding spoken word performance” 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

“I cannot do justice to the exquisite lyricism of the script” The Booklet

“Four and a half stars. Telia Nevile is a rare talent. Witty and wordy, illuminating and nerdy – another great show from an innovative writer/performer.” Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Four stars. A lot of heart is crammed into Nevile’s story, making it more than just clever rhyme. Her lyrical prose makes us feel for the contestants as much as the heroine and, as the beauty pageant draws to its finale, I’m embarrassed to admit I was holding my breath. An epic journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation.” Glam Adelaide

“Four stars. The recital is an impressive one, both textually dense and fiendishly clever, chock full of wordy goodness. And Nevile brings it all to life with a confident, animated performance, which is helped along by her Seussian range of facial expressions. Clever, distinctive, intelligent and insightful: a feast for lovers of literature, and a delight for fans of the nerdy-underdog tale.” Great Scott

“Sharp-witted and sparkling, Poet vs Pageant is absolutely delightful and definitely not to be missed.” Radio Adelaide

“Poet vs Pageant is an empowering mix of poetry and theatre. A beautiful modern day fairy tale.” TREv

“Four stars. Satiric wit and humorous undertow.” The Clothesline

“Gloriously smart and so full of heart that it’s an un-missable treat” The Age

“Nevile’s sophisticated language and rhythm arrested my scrutiny and took the audience and myself on a hero’s journey that both glorified poetry and poked fun at the stereotypical modern poet. The roots of this poetic style are deep set in the rhythms of romantics such as Wordsworth and Coleridge – the rhythms and language that distinguish the great poets from the amateurs. Mixing this with the cheeky, experimental theatre style characteristic to Melbourne’s contemporary theatre makers, Nevile has managed to remind the world – or rather, a few small rooms of people – that good poetry is the greatest form of storytelling.” Milkbar Mag


Live On Air With Poet Laureate Telia Nevile – Written & Performed by Telia Nevile

“No doubt IndyFringe executive director Pauline Moffat had a lot to do with it, but the Festival couldn’t be more blessed than to have its leader’s fellow Aussie, Telia Nevile, participating in this year’s 10th edition. A pure delight… What was most striking about Nevile’s comedy was not only her well-honed, funny material with its topical humor and pop cultural references but also her droll delivery of stories about the most unlikely subject matter. The deadpan expression worn by Nevile’s onstage character masked a comic provocateur and in turns revealed a writer and actor who is a master of both crafts” Indianapolis Examiner

“For her first performance in the United States, brilliant Australian Telia Nevile brings an outstanding character comedy that’s a surprise crowd favorite at this year’s Fringe. Expect quick wit and remarkable modern poetry.” Indianapolis Monthly

Four stars - NUV

“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

“Five stars. Forty of the cleverest, funniest minutes you’re likely to experience. Serious effort has gone into crafting this show, which positively explodes with a finely-balanced mix of literary and popular culture references – and in the hands of this very talented performer it is a rare delight for aspiring modern poets, word-nerds and fans of clever comedy.” Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Four and a half stars. Inspired and riotously funny. The writing exhibited in this show is top notch: eloquent, funny, clever and relatable. Fans of grammar, punctuation, and the correct and effective use of the English language rejoice!” Kryztoff

“It’s not just hilarious, it’s also clever, with a range of cultural references from bad pop lyrics to Wittgenstein and beyond.” Rip It Up

“Poet Laureate Telia Nevile is proof that poetry is both dangerous and cool.” Adelaide Artbeat

“Nevile is hilarious without cruelty or low denominators. She is genuine when she thanks her audience for punting on her. She’s worth that punt.” Farrago