Steve Huison – The Charity Auction
14th-17th February 2011

Coronation Street stars are going under the hammer to raise money for a charitable project run by the ‘Shoestring Theatre Company’, an organisation set up by actor Steve Huison who plays the soaps Eddie Windass.

Steve has drawn a collection of twenty charcoal portraits of current cast members and will be putting them up for auction on Thursday 17th February. It may come as a shock to viewers but off screen Steve has been drawing for quite some time and is a talented artist, with one of his paintings of Alan Halsall (Tyrone) hanging in the Coronation Street green room.

Steve says “I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil! With these portraits I was aiming to reveal the person behind the character. All of us in the ‘Street’ are fortunate enough to have become household names due to the show’s popularity but not many of the fans know much about the actor behind the role, for example: where we started out, what we like, how we spend our spare time? These portraits not only show the profile of the actor but also try to retrieve some of their inner soul using autobiographical information alongside it to give a fuller picture.”

The collection is a fitting tribute to the soap which is celebrating its 50th year and as Steve leaves the show in March, it was a good way for him to say farewell to the show where he has played the role of loveable rogue Eddie Windass for over 2 years.

The portraits will be on show at the Contemporary Six Gallery in the Royal Exchange Arcade between 14th-17th February, giving members of the public the opportunity to place bids on them. On the auction night of the 17th Steve will then be joined by some of the famous faces he has drawn to help encourage bidders to put their hands in their pockets for a good cause.

Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, who plays Corrie’s Cieran McCarthy, will be taking on the role of auctioneer plus guests will be served drinks by a real Rovers Return barmaid, actress Michelle Keegan who plays Tina McIntyre.

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