BLACK and White, a non-profit organisation that focuses on creative arts, will host auditions as they search for talented youth in Pietermaritzburg. These auditions will be held at Gateway Old Prison on January 31 and February 1 from 9 am to 4 pm and will be targeting unemployed youth between the ages of 17 and 27 years old. Sbusiso Makhaye, who is the founder of the organisation, said the aim of these auditions is to give unemployed youth an opportunity to showcase their talent and also help develop them with skills. He said those who will be selected will get an opportunity to work with the organisation and the South African State Theatre.“We will not accept people who are working or studying because our aim is to help those who are sitting at home doing nothing. “We want amateurs and semi-professionals [to audition and, if they are chosen] we will be working with them for the whole year, helping them understand the industry better,” he said. Makhaye said that those selected will also get an opportunity to attend workshops and be taken to the theatre for practical lessons, but they must really have a passion for the arts if they are to be selected.Last year, the organisation held auditions where they focused on University of KwaZulu-Natal drama students but this year they realised that they need to take this opportunity to the whole community.“When I started this organisation I noticed that a lot of people have lost interest in the arts because they do not get opportunities to showcase and develop their talents. “As an organisation we are trying to change that. “We want people to embrace their talents and help them develop them. “People can make a living using their talent only if it is polished and developed. That will also help them to be marketable in the entertainment industry,” said Makhaye.People who wish to attend the auditions are urged to prepare a monologue, a song and dance. They must also carry a copy of their identity document.