New owner of Ryde Theatre revealed

By Richard Wright

Friday, February 1, 2013


New owner of Ryde Theatre revealed

Isle of Wight musician Joe Gladdis outside Ryde Theatre. Picture by Laura Holme.

A BRIGHT future for an Isle of Wight theatre is predicted by the man heading the ambitious enterprise to breathe new life into the disused venue.

It was revealed this week that 25-year-old musician Joe Gladdis, working with a so-far un-named group of well-known and established music promoters and event organisers, has bought the freehold of Ryde Theatre for £300,000.

He heads Phantom Productions, which wants to create a jewel in the crown, for Ryde and the wider Island community.

"I have clear plans and am currently working with some very experienced professionals who are equally as passionate about creating something very special at Ryde Theatre.

"The theatre is a magnificent building but it does need a significant amount of work and commitment to bring it back to its former glory."

He said detailed costings were now being prepared for restoration and renovation to include advanced sound and technical systems. The main auditorium would host live music performances. New performance areas and a recording studio would also be created.

Joe said: "A number of agreements have been entered into to enable the public toilets to remain open and to incorporate the ability to retain within the building the Ryde CCTV system together with the Shopwatch and Pubwatch communication bases.

"It was also agreed a lease would be put in place to secure and protect the war memorial."

Joe is a singer-songwriter, who lives in Cowes and performs under the name Joe Winston. He has worked with various artists in the USA and Canada where he has co-written a number of projects.

The decision was taken under delegated powers yesterday (Thursday) by Cllr George Brown.

• A previous £460,000 bid to the Isle of Wight Council for the theatre by a rival consortium failed at the eleventh hour.



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by Linda Stone

4th February 2013, at 10:27:32

Along with all the wonderful events can we have a truly decadent victorian music hall night Jo?Good on you for bringing life back to a great venue!

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by steven meakin

1st February 2013, at 20:05:53

Excellent news. look forward to seeing it in its full glory well done and good luck

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by Mike Crowe

1st February 2013, at 19:01:51

Sorry, meant this of Alan's posting

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by Mike Crowe

1st February 2013, at 16:39:48

Joe, without punctuation and capitalisation, not sure what you mean, but assuming the following

BRILLIANT, keep it on the island. No money, lots of passion. Good luck Joe

If that is the case you don't need money to support such a venture if Joe starts a....... 'Friends of Ryde Theatre'.

And if anybody wants to see what being a 'Friend' can do, come to the multi award winning Shanklin Theatre between 10.00 and 12.00 noon tomorrow for the monthly "Coffee Cake 'n' Chat" session whereby those interested in becoming volunteers in this other saved Theatre, can have a tour and then chat over a cuppa and a slice of cake :-) and if interested, join the fantastic band of volunteers.

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by alan naylor

1st February 2013, at 14:06:17

BRILLIANT keep it on the island no money lots of passion good luck Joe

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by neil jacks

1st February 2013, at 12:16:24

great news, hope all goes well.

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by geoffrey clynch

1st February 2013, at 11:48:13

Well done Joe, lets hope you get some of our local talent some recognition

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by Graham Harrison

1st February 2013, at 11:40:41

As someone who is relatively new to the island and Ryde, I'm really pleased that you guys have had the foresight to keep such a venue alive, I will be looking forward to seeing many shows and hopefully live bands there in the not too distant future..well done guys

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by steve cummings

1st February 2013, at 11:12:08

Now this has GOT to be good news! Well done all!

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by Jacqueline Chambers

1st February 2013, at 10:40:10

Good luck to Joe and his band of merry men...or women!

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