Sunshine Super Girl

Andrea James
20 November–19 December 2020
Melbourne Theatre Company
Melbourne, VIC

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

A young girl hits a ball against the tin wall of her family’s home with a frying pan. 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 and Gunnakurnai theatremaker Andrea James (YanagaiYanagai!).


Creator & Director
  • Andrea James
  • Vicki Van Hout
Composition & Sound Design
  • Gail Priest

Produced by Performing Lines

Current dates & tickets

20 November–19 December 2020
Melbourne Theatre Company
Melbourne, VIC
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Information for Presenters

Marion Potts Executive Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Sunshine Super Girl is produced by Performing Lines and has been supported by Production Co-commissioners, Melbourne Theatre Company, QPAC and regional co-commissioning venue partners Griffith Regional Theatre, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre , Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre and Country Arts SA.

Sunshine Super Girl has been supported by Playwriting Australia through its Playwrights Retreat Program, and is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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