RUPERT Simonian is going back to school to appear in Punk Rock - a new play coming to the Birmingham Rep.
The Solihull News spoke to the young actor about the show, which recently started its nationwide tour.
“It’s basically about a group of friends going to a sixth-form in Stockport, a girl arrives from out of the blue and it goes from there.”
TV’s sixth-formers run the gamut from the clueless to the hellraisers, but Rupert reckons that this play gives a more balanced view.
“We deal with the issues that will be familiar to anyone who’s been 17 – violence, infatuation, exam pressures.
“There’s also the feeling of wanting to escape from your hometown and that confidence you have at that age – saying ‘this is what I want to do’.”
Speaking to Rupert, it’s hard to believe he’s still only 19 now – though his CV would put many older actors to shame.
He got his break at 12-years-old, when he appeared in a Hollywood-version of Peter Pan.
“My story was that a casting director came to my school [in West London], looking for likely candidates.
“So I suddenly found myself in the Lost Boys, shooting a film alongside Jason Isaacs.”
For several years he juggled the acting with schoolwork, leaving at 16 to follow his dreams.
“It was absolutely the right decision for me, acting is what I want to do and I seem to have had a steady lot of work so far.
“This is the first big, theatre tour that I’ve done and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the audience makes of the play.”
Punk Rock will be on at the Rep from October 5-9. Tickets are available on 0121 236 4455.