As a performer and actress I create an unique and unforgettable experience for my audiences. I love to surprise and take people back into the present moment.
D. of birth:
The Studio Los Angeles, International Filmactorstraining
Impakt Theatre has been founded by Anja Kersten 2002 in London, representing mainly her newly created, exciting solo theatre shows, but also her workshops and coaching people in presentation skills.
When Anja Kersten and Rachel Rouncefield met in 2010, they decided to put their talents, as a writer and performer, together to create, write and perform a new show „How desperate can it get!“, inspired by Euripides’ – Women of Troy“.
Since then, Impakt Theatre has become mainly a two women company, still committed to create, exciting new theatre, but with an even stronger drive to involve future audiences in the creative process and to make them a vital part of the show.
ImpaKt Theatre is committed to sharing the journey! This starts with developing a show, encouraging people to explore their own creativity and involving audiences.
A brief history of ImpaKt Theatre, beginning with the latest show, having been produced up to date:
Anja Kersten and Rachel Rouncefield as “Cheese & Pickle” performed 2013 in the St. Ives Arts Club.
Slightly surreal, sometimes subterranean, significantly sweet, and surprisingly sensuous – Cheese & Pickle will make you think, laugh and question what matters and why!
Both characters seem to be on the opposite end of a line. Sensuality versus naivety, anger versus lighthearted righteousness. The question is who wins! Anja Kersten and Rachel Rouncefield use film, movement, improvisation and audience involvement as the main elements of the show.
2011 ImpaKt Theatre produced “How desperate can it get!” with a cast of four, which has been taken to the Fringe in Edinburgh. The show has been written by Nina Eilertsen, Claire Jaquemond, Anja Kersten and Rachel Rouncefield. Anja Kersten also directed the show.
It is about a righteous mother, a betrayed housewife, a misunderstood daughter, a beauty who never gets what she deserves.
The Story ( Inspired by Euripides “Trojan Women”)
In Euripides’ play four characters: Andromache,Helen, Hecabe and Cassandra struggle to make sense of a world where prophesying the future is an everyday occurrence; their homes have been razed to the ground by Greek armies; murder of children and families is an accepted way of keeping order and using your beauty to keep your head seems to make you the object of everyone else’s derision.
Is it really any different for women today?
In How Desperate Can It Get? our four characters are faced with some equally scary modern day challenges:
Betrayal – Loss – Duty – Motherhood – Abuse – Romance – Sanity
How will they react? Can they find an inner strength to guide them? What will it take to push them over the edge?
In the end – just How Desperate Can It Get?
“Interesting, thought provoking, charming, witty and humorous. Tackled modern day issues with a twist. Intriguing and very well presented” – Nina Kiernander
“Mind The Trap” premiered 2006 in London. This edited performance has been taped 2008 in Germany, in a theatre “Die 2te Heimat” in Hamburg. “Mind the Trap has been written by Anja Kersten and directed by Ron East.
Lillie von Lichtenfeld the main character of this dark, comedic piece wants to find out what it means to be a woman. Little does she know, that she embarks on an eventful journey with her twin sister Dora Darko, messing everything completely up Lillie had imagined so wonderfully before. Of course Lillie is left to her own devices cleaning up the mess Dora has caused, still trying to figure out, whether the woman is the spider, the fly or even both!
An absurd show full of obscurity and laughter, dealing with love from a female perspective!
“Circus Of Emotions”
premiered 2003 in the School of Physical Theatre London. It has been written by Anja Kersten and directed by Ron East.
“A young woman – waiting, hesitating, doubtful … To face up to the situation or to withdraw from everything? Long suppressed emotions come to the surface and start to have their own life: The adventure begins!”
Anja Kersten shows in a mixture of physical theatre, dance and satire a keen tightrope walk between an anxcious need to control and the courageous handling with the own emotions. In an imaginative way she uses the symbolism of animal characters representing the different emotions. The main character goes through a metamorphosis being the snake, the bull, the horse and finally the lion. A confrontation with oneself – full of contrasts, like a circus.