An Evening with Chris Mason + Special Guest Tracy Brabin MP

£12.00 / £8.00 U16s

21 June 2018 | 8pm

Venue: Festival Hall


The Dales roots run deep with Chris Mason. He grew up in Grassington, as did his dad, and his mum and grandma still live there. As a child he went to Threshfield Primary School and Ermysteds in Skipton and did his first work experience at the Craven Herald.

Nowadays he can be seen regularly on our TVs as a BBC Political Correspondent and BBC Breakfast presenter.

He has also reported on football in Kazakhstan, an earthquake in Italy, scandals in Formula 1, the Brevik attacks in Norway, the birth of Kosovo, the trial of Radovan Karadzic in The Hague, and many more stories in the UK and overseas.

Join him back in his home town for an informative and illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of a BBC political correspondent, and hear all about his fascinating journey from the rural tranquillity of Grassington to the high drama of Westminster.

And Chris is delighted to be joined by Tracy Brabin MP.

Tracy was born in Batley, West Yorkshire, in May 1961. She went to Heckmondwike Grammar School and later studied drama at Loughborough University. In 2001, she was awarded an MA in screenwriting from the London College of Communication and the University of the Arts London in 2001.

Tracy was voted in as the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, in a by-election following the murder of Jo Cox and was re-elected at the 2017 general election. She is a long-standing Labour party member, campaigner and trade unionist. She was a member of the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee from December 2016 to May 2017 and was then promoted to Labour’s front bench, serving as the Shadow Early Years Minster.

Her acting and screenwriting career spans 30 years. Her breakthrough acting role was in ITV comedy A Bit of A Do, in which she played a clumsy waitress. Her long list of acting credits include Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale. She has also written for programmes including Heartbeat, Family Affairs, Crossroads, Tracy Beaker and Hollyoaks, where she worked for two years.

Tracy has also written material for Shameless and Seacht, which was nominated for best Youth Programme Irish Film and Television Awards 2011. She was also involved in romantic comedy Father August, and wrote an episode of BBC soap Doctors.

She will join Chris Mason in conversation during the second half of the evening.*

This is definitely a fascinating evening not to be missed!

(* In the event of a parliamentary recall, Tracy will not be able to attend).

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