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Wednesday, September 6, 2017


(Aaron McIlroy & Lisa Bobbert)

Marriage For Dummies, a new comedy, 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.

Says Smith: “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 they need all the support they can get.”

Marriage for Dummies is written by and performed by popular 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 marriage last.

He added: “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!”

Money raised from the charity performances will help Awesome SA to 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.

There will be two performances of Marriage for Dummies on September 14 and 15 at 19h30 at the All Saints United Church, 73 Montgomery Drive in Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R150 booked through

If you would like to get involved with Awesome SA, email Nikita at or phone 076 584 5817.