Globe columnist Peter Grant meets LIPA graduate Glenn Adamson - one of the cast of the multi-award winning rock musical American Idiot coming to the Playhouse next month.

IT'S going to be a much awaited home-coming of sorts for Glenn Adamson.

He studied acting at Liverpool's Institute for Performing Arts and while here he fell in love with Merseyside.

"I loved it and had a great time," says Blackpool-born Glenn who was brought up in Peterborough.

He tells the Globe: "After my degree I decided to stay on in Liverpool."

For five years he enjoyed Liverpool life and recalls many visits to Wirral to see friends.

It was home.

Now the 26-year-old London-based star is looking ahead to performing at the Liverpool Playhouse in one of the most popular of modern day musicals - American Idiot created by the global mega band Green Day.

It tells of three youngsters coming to terms with their lives after 9/11.

He is in great company with X Factor's Luke Friend as St Jimmy and Waterloo Road and The Voice star Tom Milner as Johnny in the multi-talented line up.

Glenn plays the inspirational character Theo in a show that he says is bigger and yet more intimate than the one seen at the Liverpool Empire a few years ago.

He said: "I'd love to go back to Liverpool and work at the Everyman.

"I thought their recent Rep company was a good idea."

After graduating in acting at LIPA - Paul McCartney's world famous 'fame' school - Glenn quickly won roles in dramas including a production at the Unity Theatre called Departure Lounge.

He also starred in a stage production called The Doris Day Story.

He did however miss his own graduation ceremony.

A celebratory day when Sir Paul actually shakes hands and has a pic taken with each graduate on stage at the Philharmonic Hall.

"I couldn't be there because a job came up ... so I went and signed up for that instead.

"Hopefully I will meet Paul in person one day.

"I did attend a Masterclass he gave about the music industry when I was in my second year."

Glenn has been kept busy ever since leaving LIPA with a wide range of roles in musical theatre.

He would like to do more such as the box office smash hit We Will Rock You and he'd love to do some television work notably Hollyoaks.

For now Tony award-winning American Idiot is a great production to have on his CV.

It is on tour to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary and 15 years since the Grammy Award winning album release.

After the tour ends in Liverpool he is off with the ensemble cast to tour New Zealand with it.

The musical, featuring the music of Green Day, took everyone by surprise when it won countless awards.

Glenn is not surprised by its success and is ever-growing appeal especially the choreography mastered by director Racky Plews.

And there's the unforgettable songs.

He says: "This production is bigger than the one that was at the Empire. And with the Playhouse being much smaller than the vast Empire it will be more intimate."

"So who will it appeal to?" I ask Glenn.

"It is still relevant even more so with Donald Trump now their President.

"All the angst is there and the energy as three boyhood friends searching for meaning,

"It's a raucous night out. It is definitely not cheesey."

American Idiot is at Liverpool Playhouse from July 9-13.

Tickets from the box office on 0151 709 4776

Warning: Production contains strobe lighting, string language and drug references.