The Court Theatre was full of people eager to do their bit for Australia at The Scriptless for Oz, a fundraising performance of popular improvised comedy show, Scared Scriptless.

The comedy showcase was organised to raise funds for Australia as they battle one of their worst bushfires in history.

In total, The Scriptless for Oz raised $9445.33 which is being directly donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, with proceeds providing practical relief and recovery in the fire-affected areas.

Court Jester Andrew Todd came up with the idea to put on the fundraising show after seeing the yellow haze of smoke from the fires in New Zealand skies.

“In total it was ten days from first suggestion to final performance [which was] a remarkable turnaround!”

Todd said the show was a humbling success.

“I'm grateful for the generosity and positivity of everyone involved.”

Audience member, Rachel Vavasour, said it was the best Scared Scriptless show she had ever been to.

“The audience was super engaged to the extent that they gave a standing ovation which I’ve never seen before at Scared Scriptless! It was really cool.”

The success of the fundraiser showed the importance of bringing communities together at a time of sadness said Programmes Manager, Rachel Sears.

“The Court is a place for people to gather, share stories and to be a community. Wednesday night was a beautiful example of what theatres can be.”

Scared Scriptless is the longest running late-night comedy show in the country, combining the wit of stand-up and the exhilaration of theatre.

The comedy show usually runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:15pm. Scared Scriptless’ 2020 launch shows are on 31 January and 1 February at 8pm. You can learn more and book tickets here.