While I'm Away
Set against a retro slideshow of the world’s greatest sites, While I’m Away takes audiences on a deliciously ridiculous grand tour they will never forget with Poet Laureate Telia Nevile - a poet they never expected.
Join this socially incapable and endearingly awkward explorer as she poetically surveys the ruins of her self-worth in ‘This Temple of Love is a Renovator’s Dream’, experiences the high-speed emotional danger of the Alps in ‘I Broke My Heart on the Black Run of Your Emotions’, and gets primal on the prowl with ‘Safari’.
Loaded with metaphor and peppered with puns, While I’m Away is a hilarious take on what it is to be a down-trodden day-dreamer who doesn't know when to say when.
Nominee - Best Newcomer, 2010 MICF
Nominee - Golden Gibbo (Best Independent Production), 2010 MICF
“Four stars. If the thought of a poetry reading terrifies you more than turbulence, relax: this flight soars” The Age
“Unusual, intimate and unexpectedly delightful” www.aussietheatre.com.au
“Nevile is a gem of a narrator and a writer's writer.” Inpress
“Very moving, and piss-funny.” RHUM
“Brilliant poems of unrequited love and heartbreak that both tugged at the heartstrings and the funny bone.” The Groggy Squirrel
“I have a confession to make - I don't know if Poet Laureate Telia Nevile is an incredibly intense character on the levels of a Sacha Baron Cohen creation, or if Poet Laureate Telia Nevile is an incredibly disturbed person behind some of the most funny, self-deprecating poetry this country has even been presented with. Either way, the results are awesome. A must see.” The Funny Tonne