December’s guest


Erna is a drums and percussion noise-duo based in Copenhagen. They play amplified, cyclical music that is improvised, ritualistic and industrial. “Pan” is the first of two releases by the band in 2018, both of which mix occult and voodoo musics with the dynamic intensity of free jazz and the elastic monotony of contemporary experimental club music. This EP was released on cassette and digitally on February 19th 2018 via experimental Copenhagen label Wetwear. Their second EP will be released in late November with an upcoming full-length coming in the spring of 2019.

Erna’s music is created on drums and percussion, placed point blank facing each other in a loud performance of mania and meditation. By way of instrument preparation and processing the duo creates underlying coherent harmonies and melodies of synthetic and organic sound in an acoustic pandemonium with amplifiers and obscure electronics. Erna is Anders Bach on drums and Kristian Paulsen on percussion.

Their EP “Pan” is thematically centered on sagas and mythology; how myth achieves eligibility or physical space through the ritual. The musical rites on “Pan” are enacted through the cyclical movements of improvisation and rhythm-mantras with a concise yet frenetic sound. The A-side of the cassette offers a panic, erratic pulse to its narratives while the B-side is an extension of time.

Kristian Paulsen and Anders Bach both hold graduate degrees from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory and the IT University in Copenhagen. They started their soon 10 yearlong collaboration in the witchhouse-trio Ice Cream Cathedral together with Anja Tietze Lahrmann (Excelsior). Since then they have both worked as artists and musicians in a variety of different projects (Bisse x Keiji Haino, UKI Viral), as producers in the underground scene (SVIN, Sleep Party People) and in installation art, movies and games (Five Apartments, Annika Berg, Mighty Moth).

As ever, there will be music also from Oxford Improvisers.

The Oxford Improvisers invite guests from Britain and abroad to perform an evening of new and improvised music.

‘Free music’ is an internationally respected approach that embraces players from the worlds of jazz, classical, experimental and ethnic music. The Improvisers put aside the rules and structures which enclose so many forms of music. This allows players of widely differing training and technical ability to come together and to create extraordinarily diverse and rich music ‘in the moment’. Visit their website for more information on watching or being part of the Oxford Improvisers.

Please note: The Loft is only available via a short flight of stairs, and has no level access.

Parking & Access


There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

Events in the Theatre

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail and we will talk with you about your needs.

Events in the Studio

There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.

Events in the Loft

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.

The Gallery

There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.


Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail

Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.