Knocked for Six – The End of the Line, Roadtrip Workshop

As someone who commutes every day, I become aware of the diverse range of people who use London Underground. With every opening and closing of the tube doors, the ethnic, socio-economic and dramatic mix of my fellow travellers can change in an instant.

As such, the Tube is the perfect setting for The End of the Line, a series of short playlets from young writing collective Knocked for Six which has just finished a three night run.

Piled into The Workshop, a club space in the basement of the Roadtrip Bar in Old Street, we were arranged on benches either side of a thin promenade space. Any fears that the arrangement meant there was not enough space for the actors were appeased when it became clear that the front benches were also the stage, with the central seats being occupied by a succession of interesting characters.

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Great buildings, simple design principles

I’ve really been enjoying the Guardian’s latest freebie series, a series of posters extolling the virtues of some of the world’s [most iconic buildings](http://arts.guardian.co.uk/greatbuildings/). As well as including original architectural blueprints, there are plenty of features about where each building’s design fits in to a greater scheme. For instance, today’s poster on Arnos Grove tube station makes reference to the 1938 tube train stock, the design of which was inspired by WS Graff-Baker’s [five principles of good design](http://www.lococarriage.org.uk/presiden.htm):

1. Will it work?
2. Is it as simple as possible?
3. Could it easily be maintained in service?
4. Can it be manufactured?
5. Does it look well?

If only all designers used these principles today, eh?