Evonne Goolagong’s team celebration. Pic by Jamie James

Sydney Town Hall transforms into a tennis court with court-side seating for Sunshine Super Girl, a celebration of tennis legend Evonne Goolagong’s inspiring life story, told with signature dry Australian wit.

From whacking a ball against a tin wall in the small country town of Barellan, to winning 14 Grand Slam titles and becoming a household name, Goolagong’s story is a tale of triumph and an homage to hope for the future.

A pioneering legend of Australian sport, Goolagong was 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 top-seeded players like Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

Sunshine Super Girl is a remarkable life story told with humour and humility by writer and director Andrea James, that asks us to consider Australia’s future, the injustices of the past, and the part we can all play for the next ‘Goolagong’ waiting in the wings.

A premier Sydney Festival 2021 event, Sunshine Super Girl  is playing Sydney Town Hall between Friday 8th January to Sunday 17th January 2021. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $59-$79 plus booking fee.There are captioned and Auslan interpreted performances.

Featured image : Katie Beckett as Evonne Goolagong in Andrea James’ Sunshine Super Girl.