Sunshine Super Girl

Performing Lines
Andrea James
Directed By:
Andrea James
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An unprecedented theatrical story-telling of Evonne Goolagong’s extraordinary life


Sunshine Super Girl is a quintessentially Australian story about an Aboriginal girl from the Riverina who, with the support of her regional farming community, rises to become a world tennis champion at the tender age of 19 – making Evonne Goolagong a household name. Evonne’s incredible story is full of drama, joy, pathos and sheer determination, underscored by the ever-present stability of family, culture, community and Country. SSG presents an unprecedented overview of Evonne Goolagong’s extraordinary life. Never-before has Evonne granted the permission for her story to be told in this way.

Underlying her incredible story is the socio-political climate of a nation still operating under the White Australia policy, and through telling her tale audiences will be left reflecting on the challenges still faced by many in the 21st Century. SSG is poetic, playful and powerful – much like Evonne herself. SSG is not just a new Australian play – it is a regional story showing audiences a glimpse of the Australia we all want to be part of. It is a tribute to Evonne – the Wiradjuri woman who inspired a nation and continues to offer hope and possibility to thousands of young Aboriginal people.

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Work in development. Please see attached tech spec


Work in development. Please see attached tech spec


The show is presented in Traverse. Seating banks are positioned either side of the principal design element- the tennis court. As it is still a work in development, details about fly systems have yet to be finalised, but it is likely that there will be no live fly system required

Transport Notes

TBC depending on design outcomes

Audience & Marketing Notes

This work has broad appeal for all theatregoers, being the true lifestory of international icon and national treasure Evonne Goolagong-Cawley. This unique story of achievement will be familiar to many who followed Goolagong’s career from the backblocks of regional Barellan to centre court at Wimbledon.

It will also introduce this important story of First Nations triumph to a new generation of theatregoers, giving young people an opportunity to experience this inspiring story. Importantly, the work is written and directed by Yorta Yorta/Gunnakurnai theatremaker Andrea James, who has meticulously researched the story to create this Aboriginal-led production.

The traditional theatre format of the work will make it broadly accessible and appealing, while the subject matter should be of interest to all Australians. Goolagong is an Aussie legend, and the chance to experience her story, brought to life in front of audiences seated ‘courtside’ in traverse, will be of considerable interest to theatregoers across Victoria.

Selling Points

  • Evonne Goolagong, the girl from the bush, rocketed through the ranks of regional and state tennis comps to take out Wimbledon at the tender age of just 19;
  • She is a national treasure, becoming the first Aboriginal player to become world Number One;
  • Andrea James is a celebrated First Nations theatremaker, leading an experienced team to create this high-quality production;
  • the work will premiere in Griffith, near Goolagong's hometown, before a mainstage season with Melbourne Theatre Company

Community Engagement

  • Performing Lines is a nationally recognised leader in community engagement. Any presentation of Sunshine Super Girl will be accompanied with a bespoke program of engagement activities that will be developed in partnership with the presenting venue. These include but are not limited to: workshops, panel talks/Q&As, community nights, barbecues and longer-lead projects with local artists and other community groups to support the presentation.
  • There is also ample opportunity to connect this production with local tennis clubs and Tennis Australia to engage non-regular thetare audiences.



12 and up

Venue Format



100 Minutes

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Remount: $0

Weekly Sell Off: $35000

Per Performance: $0

Apra Obligations:

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