STATE THEATRE COMPANY SOUTH AUSTRALIA PRESENTS THE PERFORMING LINES PRODUCTION OF
BY ANDREA JAMES
Before Ash Barty lifted the trophy at Wimbledon, there was Evonne Goolagong.
A young girl hits a ball against the tin wall of her family’s home. This is where it all began for Evonne. Hers is a quintessentially Blak Australian story about a girl from the bush who dared to dream. With the support of an outback farming town, Evonne rose to become the number one tennis player in the world and a household name by the age of 19.
This 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 new Australian work is written and directed by Yorta Yorta / Gunaikurnai theatremaker Andrea James (Yanagai! Yanagai!).
“Sunshine Super Girl is destined to become a legacy piece, one that celebrates our history, reflects on our struggle for equality, and shows how the spirit can overcome in spectacular ways.” – The Conversation
“This is a play that educates and uplifts.” – Sydney Morning Herald
I cried when I saw this production at the 2021 Sydney Festival. It’s a very fun night in the theatre as we gather around a literal tennis court and watch Evonne volleying towards victory. It’s charming. It’s inventively performed (you ain’t seen a tennis match like this before!). But I was unprepared for how moved I’d be by its depiction of a community that gets behind a girl’s dream, by that girl’s grit and determination, and by the love she finds for a husband, for herself and for her homeland. Bring a tissue. Mitchell
Content: Mild coarse language, adult themes, flashing lights and haze. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guests are advised that this performance may contain images of people who are deceased.
Age Guide: 12+
Run Time: Approx 90 minutes (no interval)
Seating: Limited onstage, full view “courtside seats” are available. Please select these seats when booking online to be close to the action. Courtside seats involve some special procedures that patrons will need to follow.
Sunshine Super Girl is produced by Performing Lines and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; the Seaborn Broughton & Walford Foundation; the Blake-Beckett Trust; Moogahlin Performing Arts; Australian Plays Transform through its Playwrights’ Retreat Program; and Production Co-Commissioners Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffith Regional Theatre, QPAC, and seven regional venue partners.
Single tickets are now on sale!
Please note: State Theatre Company South Australia’s ticket allocation for the performances on Friday 16 Sep and Sat 17 Sep are currently exhausted. You can still buy tickets through Ticketek.
Get close to all the tennis action at SUNSHINE SUPER GIRL with Courtside Seating! A limited number of audience members in each performance will see the Dunstan Playhouse like never before with up-close onstage seating facing directly onto the court and the action.
Select the Stage Seating option when booking online. Please note, masks are to be worn at all times when seated on stage and patrons will not be able to drinks on-stage. This seating option is not accessible and requires the use of stairs. Click here to read more about your visit as a Courtside ticket holder.
Already booked your tickets and want to switch to Courtside Seating? Click here to complete a seating exchange form.
Bookings via State Theatre Company South Australia ticketing incur a $4.95 transaction fee.
Bookings via Ticketek incur an $8.95 transaction fee.
Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing
To purchase Audio Described seats, select the blue Audio Description seats in the Stalls when booking online, or call us on 08 8415 5353.
Saturday 10 September, 1pm (briefing), 2pm (performance)
Monday 12 September, 5.30pm (briefing), 6.30pm (performance with post-show Q and A)
Visit statetheatrecompany.com.au/access for more information on our Access Program.
A Date with State
Join a panel of experts discussing the themes of the show on Monday 15 August for our Sunshine Super Girl Tangent Talk. Click here to book your ticket.
2022 Subscribers are invited to join us on Tuesday 30 August for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show.
Post Show Q&As
We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.
A Date with State
Supported by SA Health’s Office for Ageing Well, our new A Date With State program aims to support older and socially isolated patrons to continue to attend the theatre despite life changes, such as the loss of a partner or new living circumstances. To join the A Date With State program for SUNSHINE SUPER GIRL on 2pm on Saturday, 10 September, please call us on 08 8415 5353.
Sunshine Super Girl is being held at the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.
Getting to the Venue
Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.
For more information visit https://adelaidemetro.com.au/
For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.
State Theatre Company South Australia is following advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and SA Health regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to do so as the situation changes in South Australia and around the country. Please visit our Terms & Conditions of Sale page for COVID safe venue information.
Should conditions change, will provide updates via our website, social media, and/or direct communication with ticket buyers.
Before you attend an event, please read the pre-show email sent to ticket buyers to keep up-to-date with the latest guidelines. If you did not purchase your tickets, please ask the person who did to send you your pre-show email.