A NEW comedy, Marriage for Dummies, which explores the ups and downs of married life, is being staged in Pietermaritzburg to raise money for Awesome SA. Launched in 2007 by Derryn Campbell and Di Smith, the charity launches and incubates non-profit organisations, giving them support to create change in South Africa.“We believe in the future of this country and we work to support those who share this belief.“We see the challenges that South Africa faces, but we know that the change-makers are greater still, and need all the support they can get,” says Smith. Marriage for Dummies is written and performed by Durban acting duo, Lisa Bobbert (Glitter Girls, Shirley Valentine) and Aaron McIlroy (Comedy Masterclass, Abbamaniacs, the Spud film franchise).Speaking about the show, which was staged at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July, McIlroy said it was designed to keep audiences entertained with comedy and music, while offering an interesting insight in how to make a marriage last.“Marriage has always been the inspiration for countless jokes, witty sayings and even more appropriately - murder mysteries.“Everyone knows that marriage is more than a relationship between two people - it’s one of life’s wildest adventures. Navigating the ups and downs, stresses and strains of married life takes elbow grease, planning and help,” said McIlroy.There will be two performances of Marriage for Dummies, one at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 14 and on Friday, September 15 at the All Saints United Church, 73 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg.Tickets are R150 at www.webtickets.co.zaMoney raised from the charity performances will help Awesome SA support several of its key social initiatives, including The Eden Kids’ Foundation, which helps make life better for the 500 children who call the Masukwana informal settlement home. The organisation focuses on the development, safety and protection of these children by providing them with homework assistance, a feeding scheme, cultural projects, leadership training, spiritual input and a food garden.To get involved with Awesome SA, email Nikita at nikita@awesome sa.co.za or phone 076 584 5817. - Estelle SinkinsTHE Fever is giving away a set of double tickets to one lucky reader. See Facebook for details.• Purchase tickets to Thursday’s show and stand a chance of winning a weekend away at Prince’s Grant.• Purchase tickets to Friday’s show and stand a chance of winning a weekend away at Gowrie Farm.