Sunshine Super Girl

Andrea James

Sunshine Super Girl is destined to become a legacy piece, one that celebrates our history, reflects on our struggle for equality, and shows how the spirit can overcome in spectacular ways.

Liza-Mare Syron | The Conversation

Andrea James’ script and direction are commanding and poetic. She’s a gifted storyteller: one of our very best.

Bryan Andy | Witness

A young girl hits a ball against the tin wall of her family’s home. This is where it all began for Evonne Goolagong. Hers is a quintessentially Australian story about a girl from the bush who dared to dream, and with the support of an outback farming town, rose to become the No. 1 tennis player in the world and a household name by the age of 19.  

Evonne Goolagong’s heartwarming story is a celebration of spirit and passion over adversity, and a tribute to a woman whose sporting prowess continues to inspire a nation, giving hope to thousands of young girls across the country. With its distinctively Australian sensibility and humour, Sunshine Super Girl asks us to consider our nation’s future and the part we can play for the next ‘Goolagong’ waiting in the wings.  

This landmark new Australian work is written and directed by Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai theatremaker Andrea James (YanagaiYanagai!).

Evonne Goolagong was not born into tennis royalty with a gold plated racquet, fancy outfits, and private lessons at a posh country club.

Her introduction to tennis has perhaps the most humble origins in tennis history, yet she overcame major stumbling blocks to become the No. 1 player in the world.

International Tennis Hall of Fame


Creator & Director
Andrea James

Movement Director & Additional Choreography
Katina Olsen

Original Choreographic Concept & Initial Movement Direction
Vicki Van Hout

Composition & Sound Design
Gail Priest

Lighting Design
Karen Norris

Set & Costume Design
Romanie Harper

Louise Gough 

Paige Rattray

Video Media Design
Mic Gruchy

Production Manager
Jason Thelwell

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This production is available for national and international touring.

Sunshine Super Girl is suitable for schools audiences. A comprehensive education pack can be downloaded here.

Vanessa Wright Senior Producer
Marion Potts Executive Producer

Presentation History

Griffith Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW
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Full Presentation History for Sunshine Super Girl

Griffith Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW
Sydney Festival - Sydney Town Hall
Sydney, NSW
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin Festival
Darwin, NT
Northern Festival Centre, Country Arts SA
Port Pirie, SA
Middleback Arts Centre, Country Arts SA
Whyalla, SA
State Theatre Company South Australia
Adelaide, SA
Playhouse, QPAC
Brisbane, QLD
Gold Coast, QLD
Geelong Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
Arts House Wyong
Wyong, NSW
Wollongong Town Hall, Merrigong Theatre Company
Wollongong, NSW
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Queanbeyan, NSW
Melbourne Theatre Company
Melbourne, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Sunshine Super Girl is produced by Performing Lines and has been supported by Production Co-commissioners, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffith Regional Theatre, QPAC, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Geelong Arts Centre, The Art House – Wyong, Bendigo Venues and Events and Country Arts SA.

Sunshine Super Girl has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; the Seaborn Broughton & Walford Foundation; the Blake-Beckett Trust; and Australian Plays Transform through its Playwrights Retreat Program.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.