Drama at Oxford is thriving and varied. Productions are usually intercollegiate, including everything from experimental student-authored work to established dramas, comedy, and musical theatre. Many famous names in the world of television, film, and theatre were first seen treading the boards in Oxford. OUDS, the University drama society, is a centralised source of help and information. However, Mansfield has its own tradition of College-sponsored productions, with the recently formed College Drama Society putting on an adaptation of Macbeth set in the grounds of Mansfield.
So whether you want to act, direct, or offer technical support, there is no reason not to dive in and get started - there are lots of great opportunities to gain experience in theatre, meet new people and try different things.
Mansfield is unquestionably one of the leading colleges when it comes to student journalism. Recently undergraduates from the College edited the weekly University newspaper Cherwell for several years in succession. As well as the College's close links with Cherwell, there are a number of other student publications all of which are always on the look-out for new talent. The Student Union-backed Oxford Student is Cherwell's weekly rival and there are several student-run magazines, including Isis, a twice-termly cultural magazine.
Mansfield has an active music life. There are concerts throughout the academic year, which bring together the chapel choir and College instrumentalists in the performance of many different styles of music. Students also lead a popular Christmas carol service.
The College chapel has a wonderful acoustic. A fine piano and organ are available for student use, but students are also most welcome to take their own instruments into the chapel for practice.
Much of the musical expression at Mansfield depends on the interests and talents of college members from year to year. Recently, for example, there has been an institution of a termly open mic night, which is always an especially popular and enjoyable evening, as well as a successful jazz and cocktails evening.