The people behind the stories of the ExcludedUK Community.
Zoe works in the theatre sector and was a stage manager on the production of WICKED at the time of lockdown. Obviously the theatres have all closed and it is not clear when they will safely open again. Having worked hard over the years Zoe had worked her way up to earning just in excess of the £50k mark, therefore she is totally excluded from SEISS and received £0 support. She had been off on maternity leave with her young son during 2019 so all savings from her self-employed status had been spent during that precious time and she had not long returned to work when the pandemic happened. Zoe also talks about her vast friendship group within the arts and theatre sector hit hard and left without financial support due to gaps in support.