Please Wait to be Seated: Arches Cafe Bar Takeover

Please Wait to be Seated: Arches Cafe Bar Takeover

part of EARLY DAYS: The Arches' Referendum Festival

Fri 5 - Fri 19 Sep 2014 | 12pm - 9pm

An installation by Adam J Scarborough.

The woman in the advert says we can’t talk politics at breakfast. So let’s do it during dinner instead.

Come down to The Arches Cafe Bar & Restaurant in the run-up to the Scottish Referendum for a one-off dining experience where each course choose brings you closer to the decisions that matter most.

From 5th-19th September 2014, the Cafe Bar is the venue for a relaxed experiment in radical democracy. Once seated, diners are given a debate topic to accompany their meal; and when their plates are clean they have the chance to vote, using Twitter and Instagram to compare their decision with fellow diners.

Featuring a light installation commissioned specifically for the festival, and innovative use of social media to create a playful dining experience, Please Wait to be Seated will bring politics back to the dinner table.

You don’t have to like that guy off the telly, but you do have to have an opinion.

So just eat your dinner and make a decision.


Adam J Scarborough is a performance artist and social practitioner currently based in Glasgow. His work creates radical models of participation and exchange to reveal shared points of commonality.

Recent performance and exhibitions include shows at GENERATORprojects (Dundee, Scot.), Xero, Kline & Coma (London, UK.), chashama (New York City, USA) and MeetingInZdonov (Zdonov, Czech Rep.).

‘A hugely immersive and compelling experience’
- Exuent Magazine on Sortition (Arches LIVE 2013)


To book your table, please contact The Arches Cafe Bar on 0141 565 1035 or email


Full EARLY DAYS programme:

Rob Drummond ‘Wallace’ | Sun 14 – Thurs 18 Sept ’14 | £12/£10

Robert Ormerod ‘Political Youth’ |Thurs 4 – Fri 19 Sept ’14 | FREE

Adam Scarborough ‘Please Wait to be Seated’ | Fri 5 – Fri 19 Sept ’14 | Cafe Bar Takeover

Symposium: Imagining Scotland – Pasts, Presents, Futures | Sun 14 Sept ’14 | FREE

Marcus Montgomery Roche: Vote for Me | Tues 16 Sept ’14 | FREE

Trigger: How to Choose? by Davey Anderson and Gary McNair | Wed 17 Sept ’14 | £8/£6

The Arches Political Party | Thurs 18 Sept ’14 | £5 / FREE with Wallace ticket

The What Now? Brunch | Fri 19 Sept ’14 | FREE for the first 30 guests


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