Sunshine Super Girl is part of our 2021 Sydney Festival Collection
A grimy old ball, a racquet made from a wooden fruit box, a pair of borrowed shoes â€¦ then the world at her feet. This is the heart-warming story of how Evonne Goolagong Cawleyâ€”our Evonneâ€”rose from humble beginnings in an outback farming town to become a world champion tennis player by the age of just 19.
With a tin wall for a court and a steely determination, little Evonne hits and hits and hits her way out of rural New South Wales and onto the world stage. On the way she must battle prejudice and homesickness and test herself to the very limits.
Sunshine Super Girl, by Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai writer Andrea James, is a funny and poignant take on the life of a talented sportswoman with a big dream. Infused with a wry Australian sensibility and a proud sense of belonging, it’s a story that will inspire and delight.
Sunshine Super Girl explores connection to country and community, while taking an unflinching look at poverty, adversity, and racism in Australia. The story is told with plenty of heart, humour, charm and skill. [This is] captivating theatre that beats with a grounded, organic heart.
â€”Bryan Andy, Witness Performance