Mummers is the St Paul’s College dramatic society. Mummers was founded in 1948 by the then Warden, Dr Felix Arnott, and is one of the longest continuously-running university drama groups in the country. Besides involving members of St Paul’s College, it involves players from the Women’s College and occasionally other colleges. Not only actors, but scriptwriters, producers, directors and stage staff are involved.
From time to time a good number of Paulines have also been involved in the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS).
There are various forms of debating at the College – ranging from the topical and the serious to the more light-hearted and frivolous. The highlight of the debating year is the hotly contested Inter-Collegiate Debating competition which sees the College’s most senior debaters pit their minds against the best of the other Colleges in a traditional three-on-three closed preparation debate.
Comedy debates are also held from time to time in the College, pitting freshers against seniors or members of St Paul’s against invited teams from other Colleges or the University. Many Paulines also represent the University in debating at a Varsity, National or Worlds level.
For those wishing to shine on an individual level, there are also many public-speaking opportunities. The Inter-Collegiate Oration was started in 1985 and is now part of the Palladian Cup competition. The orator from St Paul’s who performs at the highest level during this competition is awarded the Asimus Medal.
The St Paul’s College Cultural Festival involves an art show, poetry readings, concerts, a wine tasting and a dramatic production. Members of the College are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Festival, and parents and friends are invited to join in all the activities
The Cultural Festival is generally held over a two week period at the beginning of Semester Two.