Walking With God

(Midge & Rosie Mullin)

A journey through hell…

This autumn Substance and Shadow offer up a spine chilling slice of immersive theatre with Walking With God, a dark original play set against the backdrop of the terrifying Jack The Ripper murders that took place in Whitechapel in 1888.

Centring around the investigation of a genuine Ripper suspect who was incarcerated at Exeter Digby Mental Asylum, Walking With God is a reimagining of the frequently told Ripper story. Exploring elements of alleged corruption and deceit the play provides a unique perspective on the unsolved murders that took place in 1888 and serves up a spine chilling twist in the inimitable style of Substance and Shadow Theatre!

Proudly funded by Exeter City Council, this intimate stylised theatre show for adults will be performed at Exeter’s iconic St Nicholas Priory (Exeter’s oldest building and home to Benedictine Monks for over 400 years) Prepare to be thrilled and tantalised with an eerie mix of theatre, burlesque, original soundscapes and projections!

Not for the faint hearted.
Content not suitable for children.
Due to the historic nature of St Nicholas Priory, unfortunately the upper floors are not accessible to wheelchair users – where the performance takes place.

The show is mainly seated but does contain some promenade theatre where seating will be unavailable.

Tue 19th – Thurs 21st November

Wed 27th – Fri 29th November

Two shows per night – 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm

Each show runs at approximately 70 minutes without an interval.

The box office opens half an hour before each performance. Please note there will be no admittance to late comers. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Toilets are available on site before each performance but unavailable during performances.

The venue is part heated but as it is a very old historic building it is advisable to wrap up warm!

General Admission- £10.00 (plus a small booking fee if buying online)

Tickets on sale via Ticket Source (or on the door):


Please note that it is advisable to check ticket sales in advance if wanting to buy tickets on the door, to ensure they are not sold out in advance.

For box office enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us through our website.

Please do not contact St Nicholas Priory for ticket enquires as ticket sales are managed independently through TicketSource and Substance and Shadow Theatre.

The Exeter Brewery will be running a pre-show bar, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including some of the best Devon ales such as their velvety and aptly named: The Darkness. Or alternatively, to keep in theme with the show, a spicy Bloody or Virgin Mary!

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087 and home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years, St Nicholas Priory is Exeter’s oldest building. With the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536 the church and chapter house range were destroyed and the remains were converted into the home of wealthy Tudor merchants. This hidden jewel in Exeter’s crown provides the perfect backdrop for audiences to experience immersive and unnerving theatre at close quarters.

St Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane, Exeter EX4 3BL


St Nicholas Priory is located on Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.

Nearest car parking available at: Smythen Street or Mary Arches Street:


Exeter provides a great bus service:

The nearest train station is Exeter Central (which is a 10 min walk)

Photography: Matt Austin (of characters in show)

Walking With God is kindly part funded by Exeter City Council

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“Wow! What an incredible performance. I am struggling to put into words the impact. Haunting and immensely powerful acting. The writing superb – dark, emotive. I am stunned!” – Audience feedback for One for Sorrow

“This is what independent local theatre should be about!” – Tiverton Community Theatre