The Brief Life & Mysterious Death of Boris III

by Out Of The Forest Theatre in Martock, Somerset, United Kingdom

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On 3rd August 2023 we successfully raised £2,450 with 17 supporters in 21 days

It’s Out Of The Forest Theatre’s first trip to Edinburgh Fringe. And we’re in need of some help.

by Out Of The Forest Theatre in Martock, Somerset, United Kingdom

Bulgaria just told Hitler to bog off, saved nearly 50,000 Jewish lives... and lost a King.

'Whether a jazz fan, a history buff or just someone who loves gripping real-life stories, this is a must see.' Kyril, Prince of Preslav, Boris III's Grandson

We discovered this entirely unsung story from our artistic director Sasha’s Bulgarian granddad, who passed away at the age of 101 last October. We want to pass on this heroic and inspiring tale to as many people as possible. We are in the perfect position to do so and have an amazing team of creatives on board, a beautiful set being built, gorgeous (and hopefully comfortable!) costumes being designed and a crack PR team. 

But all this costs money. Money we frankly, just don’t have. 

This is our fourth show as a company. We managed to sell out a run of this same show at the VAULT Festival in 2020, just days before the world got shut down for COVID. But this is our first time taking a production up to Edinburgh and we’re scaling up. We’re taking a risk. A calculated risk. And we have a fantastic support network in the form of The Bulgarian Embassy, The Pleasance Theatre’s team and mentoring from Judith Dimant of Complicité. What we need is just a bit more money in the bank to make sure we can tell this incredible story of daring hope.  At a time when an entire continent turned its back on marginalised groups, when many countries willingly deported their Jewish population, Bulgaria said ‘NO’. It is an inspiring message that we feel passionate about sharing now.  

We believe it’s imperative we share the stories of the ‘extraordinary ordinary’ people, who risked (and many lost) their lives to stand up for their neighbours and friends.

We are looking for individuals who want to support Bulgarian, Jewish, working class artists.

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If you have any questions about us or the show please email [email protected]


£10 helps us pay for a social media advertisement

£50 is half of one train ticket to Edinburgh

£100 covers us transporting our set & costume to Edinburgh 

£500 covers our costume costs

£1,000 pays for our set

£5,000 covers the cost for our PR & Marketing 

£10,000 covers the cost of 2 actors' fees, accommodation & travel. 

Credit: Liam Bessel Photography


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Advisor Number 3

Our eternal thanks

£50 or more

The Camel

A public thank you on social media

£100 or more

The Wily Fox

A public thank you in our programme and on our website

£200 or more

Liliana Panitsa

Free entry to all our 2023 fundraising events (first being 21st July)

£500 or more

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Metropolitan Stefan

Tickets for a party of for a party of up to 5 to the performance of your choosing in Edinburgh

£1,000 or more

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Anka Lazarov

Meet & Greet with the cast and creative team, accessing behind the scenes and backstage

£5,000 or more

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Queen Giovanna

An Evening’s Dinner and entertainment, hosted by the company and cooked by writer (& sometime professional chef) Sasha Wilson

£10,000 or more

King Boris

The opportunity to work with Out Of The Forest to R&D bringing another important story to the stage - perhaps one you personally connect with

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