October 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Tricks of Youth, or The Walks of Islington and Hogsden with the Humours of Wood Street Counter by Thomas Jordan, directed by Nicola Pollard

Tricks of Youth, or The Walks of Islington and Hogsden with the Humours of Wood Street Counter by Thomas Jordan
Academic: Dr. Simon Smith (The Queen’s College, University of Oxford)
Director: Nicola Pollard

The sub-title locates this 1641 play firmly in the knockabout world of city comedy. In Tricks of Youth, four gallants tumble through Islington, Hoxton and the City. One is in love with a married woman and another has entangled himself with a kitchen maid. Their reckless actions result in a chase across town and the threat of imprisonment in the Wood Street Counter – one of London’s most notorious jails. Meanwhile, the play’s romantic centre focusses on two lovers who struggle to make a life together in a society obsessed by wealth and status. Wildly popular in its time, it was said to run for 19 days at the Red Bull in Clerkenwell.