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AS Level English Language Representation Production watch

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    Hi all,

    I've just finished the investigation part of AS Level Representation coursework, and now I'm a bit stumped as to what to do for the production piece.

    For my investigation, I analysed texts on alien abductions and looked at how the aliens were represented.

    I'd like to stick to the theme of aliens and abductions, but I'm not sure what to write!

    I had the idea of maybe doing a monologue, something like a recording for a UFO enthusiast blog of someone finding a UFO... but I'm not sure. I think I want to do something literary though.

    Any suggestions? What sort of things usually get top marks?

    Hi, the thing with this bit of work (this is ENGA2 isn't it?) is that your production piece has to offer some sort of representation, or challenge an existing one, so a monologue could be a really good way of doing this.

    You might have looked at Alan Bennett's Talking Heads already (he is the daddy of monologue writers after all) but if not have a look at A Lady of Letters or one of the others and you'll get a sense of how the representation the narrator thinks she's presenting is quite different from the representation that is actually created by the writer of the whole text. The narrator of Poe's Tell-Tale Heart is the same - the more he claims not to be mad, the more we know he is a deranged mentalist.

    If you can create a monologue where your narrator is trying to present the image of a sane person who has been abducted by aliens, but the true representation to the audience is of a lonely, delusional crackpot, that might work, or you could be more challenging and do it the other way round where he's gradually revealed to be sane and telling the truth.

    I think that whatever you do, the key thing has to be having some sort of representation at the core of the piece. Hope that helps anyway.
    • Thread Starter

    Thanks, this has definitely helped!
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