Written by award-winning Cornish playwright, Alan M. Kent (author of The Tin Violin and Surfing Tommies), Give un Fitz! tells the story of Bob’s humble beginnings as blacksmith, to become the first boxing champion of the world in three divisions.
Bob’s remarkable journey crosses from Cornwall to New Zealand, on to Australia and then to America, where his pugilistic skill made him one of the most famed fighters of his day. In memory of Fitzsimmons, the phrase ‘Give un Fitz!’ was traditionally used by Helston children to give encouragement to anyone in a competition. This play is not only a celebration of his life, but also a ballad about migration, longing and place. It tells us all to Give un Fitz!