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Sunshine Super Girl

The story of Evonne Goolagong, the pioneering Indigenous tennis champ who served and volleyed her way to 14 Grand Slam titles and into the hearts of a nation.

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Sunshine Super Girl

Date: 17 Nov 2020

Barellan, New South Wales. Wiradjuri land in the Menzies era.

A young girl whacks a ball against a wall with a frying pan. So it begins for Evonne Goolagong, the pioneering Indigenous tennis champ who served and volleyed her way to 14 Grand Slam titles, and into the nation’s hearts.

For global sports audiences in the 1970s, Evonne Goolagong was the first Indigenous Australian woman they had ever encountered. She would become a sporting legend: the first Indigenous woman to win a Grand Slam; the first mum in 66 years to win at Wimbledon; a player whose speed and power saw her overcome Margaret Court, Billie-Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

Andrea James’s new play Sunshine Super Girl is Evonne’s story, an honest, heart-warming celebration of her talent and determination. Infused with a distinctively Australian sensibility and humour, Sunshine Super Girl celebrates a superstar while asking us to think of the part we can all play for the next Super Girl waiting for her time to shine.

Luke Carroll, Jax Compton, Katina Olsen and Kyle Shilling feature.

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