Looking for Lightning
A captivating story of courage, caution, perseverance and humor, Garth McLean's one person show, Looking For Lightning, makes its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut in August 2018.
After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, McLean takes us on a journey from the fast paced life of Hollywood to Canada to India and the feet of yoga master BKS Iyengar. Looking for Lightning reflects the universal truth of the human spirit and will to overcome the challenges of life to navigate a landscape of fear and uncertainty, leaving us inspired and laughing along the way. McLean's journey is transformational for all.
Looking for Lightning, was initially born out of a creative writing exercise on the impact of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 in NYC. says McLean.
"Everything changed the day of those devastating attacks of 9/11. Everything changed the day I was diagnosed with MS. Parallel lines were drawn," says McLean. "I drew on the experience of 9/11 and my personal experience as a gateway to write the piece. It is my wish that by bringing Lightning to the stage, it will raise awareness about MS and also offer realistic hope to quell the fears of anyone who may struggle with an uncertain future."
Upon his diagnosis in 1996, McLean's neurologist recommended Garth "try some yoga." Taking it on, Garth sought out Iyengar Yoga and eventually studied under legendary yoga master, BKS Iyengar. Iyengar offered Garth the tools to courageously face the challenges of the condition and at the same time bring health to the body. In this centenary year marking 100 years since Iyengar's birth, Looking For Lightning at the Edinburgh Fringe salutes the legacy of BKS Iyengar as part of the global celebrations honoring Iyengar's contribution to humanity.
Garth McLean is a Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher offering yoga workshops worldwide for advanced yoga practitioners as well as for persons with MS and other neurological conditions. More info -
Looking For Lightning will make a donation from the run of the show to help fund MS research programs.
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