Behold Ye Ramblers

Townsend Theatre Productions

From the voices of ramblers and campaigners to the songs and poetry inspired by past and current struggles, Behold Ye Ramblers is a new play about The Clarion newspaper and the organisations formed by its readership, including the famous rambling club, The Sheffield Clarion Ramblers.

Along with the Clarion Cyclists, these early Edwardian pioneers promoted healthy outdoor pursuits, organising expeditions across open moors and mountains whilst campaigning for the right to roam, bringing them into conflict with landowners’ hunting and shooting activities and laws that prioritised private property over the wellbeing of others. 

Behold Ye Ramblers celebrates The Clarion Ramblers and their mission to escape overcrowded industrial homes, factories and long working hours. These Edwardian pioneers organised expeditions over the open moors, campaigning for the Right To Roam, bringing them into direct conflict with landowners and gamekeepers who shouted, “Get off my land!”

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Reviews from previous productions:

️️️️️⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a fantastic evening’s entertainment” – Sheffield Star     
️️️️️⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Yes! Yes! U.C.S! left this reviewer wondering, “Does it get any better?” – Reviews Hub 

️️️️️⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Yes! Yes! U.C.S! received an IKE Award for outstanding theatre” – Chris Neville-Smith’s Theatre Blog 

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The story of Jayaben Desai… makes you laugh, feel and think… a powerful story, powerfully told” – Clare Brennan. The Observer 

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