Sunshine Super Girl


Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

The Sumner transforms into a tennis court with on-stage, court-side seating for Sunshine Super Girl, the triumphant story of Australian sporting hero Evonne Goolagong, written and directed by Andrea James.

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'Goolagong defied prejudice to become a star.'

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'She captivated crowds wherever she played.'

Australian Sports Hall of Fame


A young girl hits a ball against the tin wall of her family’s home with a fruit-box bat. This is where it all began for Evonne Goolagong. Hers is a quintessentially Blak Australian story about a girl from the bush who dared to dream, and with the unlikely 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 production features choreographic movement resembling the emotional, physical and spiritual journey of Goolagong. MTC is proud to present this new Australian work written and directed by Andrea James (Yanagai! Yanagai!) with the Sumner theatre transformed through on-stage ‘court-side’ seating to evoke the magic of Wimbledon.


A Performing Lines production


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 12 December at 2pm
Tuesday 15 December at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 12 December

Cast & Creative

Artwork for Andrea James

Andrea James


The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006