written by Susan Glaspell

directed by Louisa Sanfey

mentored by Pat Kiernan

A man has been found dead. His wife, Minnie, is arrested on suspicion of murder. Local law enforcement arrive at the man’s home to investigate, but it is the women sent to gather some small belongings for the prisoner who begin to quietly piece together an intimate portrait of Minnie’s life, and what seem at first to be mere ‘trifles’ gradually reveal darker secrets.

Written in 1916, Susan Glaspell’s one-act play Trifles is loosely based on true events from her years as a young reporter in small-town Iowa.

Presented off-site, audience meet at the Granary.

2 shows per day. 6pm & 8pm.

with: Emmet Byrne, Erin Gilgen, Emilie Hetland, Ciaran Hilliard.

About the Director & Cast:

Louisa SanfeyLouisa Sanfey is a theatre director based between Dublin and London.  Last year she completed an MFA in Theatre Directing from The Lir. As Director her credits include: Foxfinder (The Lir), The Walls (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Gut Girls (Bloomsbury Theatre) and The Tempest (RSC Open Stages). As Assistant Director: The Walworth Farce (Landmark Productions/Olympia Theatre, dir. Sean Foley), Angel Meadow (ANU Productions, dir. Louise Lowe), Tarry Flynn (The Lir, dir. Wayne Jordan). Louisa also works as an audio describer and access coordinator for theatre, most recently creating an immersive access performance for PALS (ANU Productions).

Emmet Byrne

Emmet Byrne graduated with an MA in Drama and Theatre from NUI Galway. Theatre credits include By The Bog of Cats (The Abbey Theatre), Eight Women (Smock Alley Theatre), Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre), Midsummer (The Lir) and Ciaran’s Aisling (Fishamble New Play Clinic).  Screen acting credits include Red Rock (TV3), Adam (2015 IADT Graduation Short Film), Burning Wishes (Deadpan Pictures).

ErinErin Gilgen Gilgen is an actor based between Dublin and Boston and a recent graduate of the Bachelor in Acting at the Lir. Her theatre credits include: Gruesome Playground Injuries, Living Quarters, Northern Star, Troilus and Cressida, Tarry Flynn, Oedipus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Lir). She recently starred in the web miniseries Tinderface, directed by Paul Duane.


Emilie Hetland

Emilie Hetland graduated from The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts with a BA in Acting, First Class Honors, summer 2015. Prior to her training she worked in Rogaland Theatre in Stavanger, Norway, where she played Helene in Festen by Thomas Vinterberg (2012). Hetland also co-founded, acted in and was a playwright for Folken Theatre (2010-12) and was a member of Rogaland Children and Youth Theatre (2002-2010).

Ciaran Hilliard

Ciaran Hilliard recently graduated from the Lir with a BA in Acting.  Previously he trained at Bull Alley and was a member of Dublin Youth Theatre.  At the Lir his credits include: Living Quarters, My Child, O Go My Man, Troilus and Cressida, Tarry Flynn, Coop and The Plough and the Stars.  Film credits include Terrarium directed by Conor McMahon.