I have been self-employed for nearly fifteen years, and, in the main, it has been great. I can do most of my work from home, writing mysteries and responding to emails from a shed in the garden, whilst still being around to look after children. The coronavirus pandemic has changed all thatr, of course, as since social gatherings have been banned, all of my income has effectively been banned too. It took a while, but the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveiled a package to help self-employed people affected by the restrictions. It won’t come until June, but it will be welcome to me and the many professional actors I have employed over the last few years.